Clavis Orea, the golden key, a symbol of hospitality

Clavis Orea meaning “golden key” in Latin, the symbol of welcoming in the hospitality industry. The golden keys represent high quality, hard work and passion, as we both come from restaurateur family. We wanted to reflect that in the name and quality of the wine, service, and dedication leading to high satisfaction.

Clavis Orea Grand Cru is a wine that represents the right bank at his best, with great varietal definition Merlot-Cabernet, with good pedigree, well crafted, balanced, spices, fruit driven, with good backbone, fleshy, and very digest, moreover we wanted to make a great Grand Cru wine accessible palate wise and refined, that can be enjoyed once bottled but also can be aged up to 7-10 years before moving into secondary and tertiary stage.

Clavis Orea Saint-Émilion Grand Cru is a wine that represents the right bank at his best, with great varietal definition Merlot-Cabernet, with good pedigree, well crafted, balanced, spices, fruit driven, with good backbone, fleshy, and very digest, moreover we wanted to make a great Grand Cru wine accessible palate wise and refined, that can be enjoyed once bottled but also can be aged up to 7-10 years before moving into secondary and tertiary stage.

Technical aspects of Clavis Orea

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Vineyards

All our grapes come from properties at Vignobles Rollet in Saint-Émilion, where specific single plots vineyards are selected by Franck Jugelmann, and under our own management from vinification to the bottle.

Chateaux that are family owned for centuries dating back to 17th century for some. Vineyards that are family owned for centuries dating back to 17th century for some. Vineyards are located on foothills below the plateau facing South Est & West, clay and deep limestone in Saint-Étienne-de Lisse, and with clay, silicious sand with perfect draining.

– Vineyards : 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

– Soils : deep clay and limestone

– Maintenance : Simple Guyot 5 Buds – 8 bunches per vines – Green Harvest when needed

– Harvest : semi mechanic – yield averaging 42 Hl hectare

– Harvest & Winemaking : 3 level of selection – on Vines – Sorting table-final Optical Sorter Infra-laser selection for the grape size

Vinification

Concrete tanks surface coating & with temperature control.

– Pre-fermentation at cold temperature 6°, 5 days maceration

– Fermentation 15 days average, Temperature 20° – up to 28° max 3-4 days to preserve
the freshness of the fruit

– Manual pushing cap and pumping over gently, all contribute to perfect gentle extraction

– Vatting period for another 10 days at cool temperature

Production

Only 28,000 bottles can be produced on that quality scale, delimited by the capacity of our selected single vineyards.

Ageing

16 months – 225 Litres barrels – Forêts de l’Allier – CM

– 30% New Oak , giving the complexity

– 30% 2nd year , adding fine texture

– 40% in Vat , preserving the fruit element and varietal definition

– Batonnâge Regular on fine lies and 2 rackings a year .

– Racking and bottling mid-Mars.

Vintages

Vintage 2015 : 70% Merlot – 20% Cabernet Franc – 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage 2016 : 100% Merlot

Vintage 2017 : We have not produced 2017 wines because of the climate, as the frost caused two-thirds of losses. Moreover, the quality of the remaining volumes was not meeting our level of requirements.

Philosophy

First, we don’t believe in very low yields to start with, but balance and respecting mothers nature in tune with the vintage, as much as knowing the terroir are the essence in making the best wine accordingly to our eco system, where we obtain perfect balance, good ripeness, balanced of acidity and alcohol, good  color and fine tannins, seeking harmony and generosity, plenty of fruit and freshness, with good lift to the palate… Ageing without excess of oak as we age only 60% in Oak and 40% in vat to preserve the fruit and varietal flavors… and overall making digest wines.

Our team

We both grew up in restaurateur families. Franck Jugelmann has learned how to cook very young from his grandmother before succeeding her as the Chef in the restaurant. Lahcene Boutouba also his father was restaurateur and has started his career as sommelier in prestigious hotels. Both fell in love with wine and met both while working for prestigious Chateaux in Saint-Émilion.

Franck Jugelmann

Production Manager

Franck Jugelmann is an autodidact, for nearly 2 decades plus he has been working as Winemaker and Maitre de Chai with 1st GCC left Bank example Château Haut Brion where he started, and Château Fonplegade GCC Saint-Émilion, Château de Candale GC, and L’Enclos Pomerol… Franck is today a wine consultant for several properties Chateaux of Vignobles Rollet Right Bank in Staint-Émilion, and making today Clavis Orea St Emilion GC as partner with.

Lahcene Boutouba

Sales Manager

Started his career at The Ritz Hotel Paris as Sommelier then moving to California US at Deutz Winery, next stop London with Grp Thienot Champagnes-Bordeaux, Global Head of Sales for Wav & Michel Rolland, then Amssadeur export JL Thunevin, and finally created with Franck Jugelmann Clavis Orea Grand Cru Saint-Émilion at Vignobles Rollet.

Ratings & Reviews

Clavis Orea St-Émilion Grand Cru 2015

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Forbes Magazine

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2015

Tom Mullen – 06.11.2017

https://www.forbes.com ← Full article

“I write about lifestyle, food and wine from a base in France”

The dream of this team is to produce affordable Grand Cru Wine

“Although their venture is young, it is deeply rooted within traditional market and craft practices of the region. Clavis Oréa is a happy marriage between price and prestige.”

Yves Beck - Switzerland

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2015

92/100

Yves Beck – 06.12.2017

https://www.yvesbeck.wine

« Rouge grenat soutenu, reflets pourpres. Bouquet floral marqué par des notes de violettes ainsi qu’une touche minérale crayeuse. Attaque fruitée où je relève la minéralilté également. En bouche le vin a de la tension, du jus et des tannins parfaitement intégrés. Ils sont en adéquation avec la structure, qui souligne encore une fois la minéralité en fin de bouche. Un vin de terroir par excellence, gourmand et caractériel. Vinifié par Franck Jugelmann, un amoureux et créateur de vins exceptionnels ». 2018-2028

Wine Chronicles

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2015

93/100 

Izak Litwar – Danemark writer for 30 years

https://wine-chronicles.com

“First vintage of Franck Jugelmann (who had worked at Haut Brion in its winemaking team and 10 years at Ch. Fonplegade) and Lahcene Boutouba (had worked for Jean-Luc Thunevin and Michel Rolland).

Medium dark color, typical for the vintage with alcohol stick, but not disturbing at all. This is Merlot in full blossoming with discrete contribution of Cabernets backbone and acidity. Great sweetness and deliciously fragrant nose with cherries and violets.

Smooth and silky on the palate with finely grained tannin, acidity and minerality. Fine balance and long finish. Very stylish and elegant wine. Cool and clever winemaking.”

vvWine

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2015

91/100  

Adrian van Velsen

https://vvwine.ch

“Deep ruby, beautiful shine. Floral, fruity and spicy in the nose with hints of violets, dark chocolate, tobacco, blackberries, Christmas spices and a stony-looking cool, very nice aromas. In the opening immensely fruity, then spreads, shows the structure and character of Merlot is ripe but not overripe, the tannins are finely woven ensnare the delicate fruit, a chalky minerality resonates. In the very long finish with rotfruchtigen flavors and a fine spiciness. A superbly successful, very elegant Saint-Emilion from a peak year. Can be enjoyed today, but may not quite mature for a few years. Now enjoy until 2028” 2018-2028

Le Dom du Vin

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2015

Dominique Noel – Le Dom du Vin Blog

https://www.ledomduvin.com ← Full article

“Fresh, perfumed fruity nose right after opening, offering very enticing fruity aromas of dark and dark red berries mingling with floral and slightly spicy, peppery notes with a dash of oak (coffee/mocha/tobacco) and pain d’épices nuances.

[…] The tannins are fairly well integrated already and not aggressive for such a young wine. Yet, they will need a few more years to get more rounded and integrated, as they are still quite present on the tongue and the gum in the finish, bringing a slight touch of bitterness, which should mellow down with more time in the bottle.

Lahcene and Franck, BRAVO! For this very promising wine at a very reasonable price. A beautiful new project to keep an eye on.”

Gault & Millau

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2015

Clavis Orea « Coup de cœur » Mai 2017

http://www.gaultmillau.fr/vin

« Premier millésime et première réussite. Ce Saint-Emilion grand cru est issu pour un tiers de vins de pied de côte à la structure marquée, et pour les deux tiers restants de vins originaires de terroirs plus sableux qui apportent la note fruitée. Il est élevé pour presque moitié en cuve, l’autre en fût de bois. Le résultat est superbe. Toucher de bouche, précision dans les arômes fruités, finesse des tannins : tout est là. Un vin résolument prêt-à-boire dès maintenant, élégant et fin, à ouvrir sur une belle pièce de viande. Un nouveau vin est né et bien né, félicitation aux deux papas et longue vie à Clavis Orea. »

Gault & Millau

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2015

Wine Tour – Paris, Octobre 2017

http://www.gaultmillau.fr/vin

Palmarès du WINE TOUR Gault Millau | Paris Octobre 2017 – Best New Comers (11 vignobles récompensés)

Les pépites, 11 vignobles, les meilleures cartes des vins des restaurants, des cavistes, des vignerons – Pepites 2017

Domaine Clavis Oréa – BORDEAUX

Bettane & Desseauve

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2015

15/20

Le guide des vins

https://www.bettanedesseauve.com

« Riche, généreux, boisé avec soin, un saint-émilion gourmand et riche, au fruit très mûr. »

Le Petit Ballon

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2015

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Dégustation vidéo par Jean-Michel Deluc (ancien chef sommelier Ritz PARIS) – Lien dégustation vidéo

“Enfin, le voilà! Ou plutôt, la voilà cette fameuse cuvée que j’ai découverte lors d’un déjeuner à Londres. Elle n’était pas pour nous initialement, mais nous l’avons détournée pour votre plus grand plaisir. Les deux compères, forts de leurs expériences respectives, nous ont concocté une cuvée incroyable, digne des plus grands crus classés. Du velours, du fruit, de l’élégance, de la classe et de la race. Un vin moderne que vous allez pouvoir déguster dans sa jeunesse et que vous pourrez cacher dans votre cave pendant quelques années.”

Clavis Orea St-Émilion Grand Cru 2016

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Yves Beck - Switzerland

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2016

94/100

Yves Beck – 21.12.2018

https://www.yvesbeck.wine

« Rouge grenat aux reflets violets. Le bouquet de Clavis Orea se révèle lentement, de manière subtile. Il laisse apparaître des notes de cerises, de framboises et de menthe. Avec un peu d’aération, il révèle également des notes de pierre à feu et de calcaire. Au palais, le vin affiche directement son appartenance à un terroir marqué par le calcaire. Il a de la race, de la tension et une vive structure. Cette dernière confère de la fraîcheur et est bien contrecarrée par des tannins précis, aux grains fins, qui forment une belle harmonie en sa compagnie. Pour conclure, la finale est marquée par une belle intensité aromatique et est persistante. Un vin de caractère, qui surpasse le 2015 et qui est un très digne représentant de Saint-Emilion. Bravo à son créateur, Sieur Franck Jugelmann. » 2024-2046

Jeb Dunnuck

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2016

90/100

Jeb Dunnuck – 28.02.2018

https://jebdunnuck.com

“More classic and straight that the 2015, the 2016 Clavis Orea offers more dark fruits (with maybe hints of blue) as well as lots of flower garden, violets, and green tobacco. Beautifully elegant, silky and pure, with good acidity and terrific overall balance, it’s going to benefit from short term cellaring and keep for over a decade as well.”

Wine Chronicles

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2016

93/100

Izak Litwar – Danemark writer for 30 years

https://wine-chronicles.com

“OREA 2016 was a twin brother of 2015 with less alcohol, sweeter frugt and more fine grained tannin.  […] 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Grapes come from Ch. Fourney St.E. GC. Medium dark color, typical for the vintage alcohol stick, but not interfering. This is Merlot in full blossoming with discrete contribution of Cabernets backbone and acidity. Great sweetness and deliciously fragrant nose with cherries and violets. Smooth and silky on the palate with finely grained tannin, acidity and minerality. Fine balance and long finish. Very stylish and elegant wine. Cool and clever winemaking.”

The Wine Cellar Insider

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2016

91/100

Jeff Leve – 10.10.19

https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com

“The second vintage for this 100% Merlot wine is lush, round, fleshy, forward and loaded with chocolate-covered cherries, espresso, licorice, and plum. You will be able to enjoy this young for its plushly textured, exuberant fruit. The wine reached 14.5% alcohol and is aged.”

Jancis Robinson

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2016

16.5+/20

Alistair Cooper MW – 08.04.2020

https://www.jancisrobinson.com

Rated between 16 (Distinguished) & 17 (Superior)

“Attractive nose showing Christmas-cake spice and a distinct earthy and leafy note. Fine, elegant and firm tannins balance well with good freshness and a damp tobacco-laden mid palate. An impressive effort, still very much in its infancy. (AC)”

Wine Enthusiast

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2016

92/100

Roger Voss – 03.01.2020

https://www.winemag.com

“A powerfully ripe wine, this is dense both with tannins and concentrated black fruits. Wood aging supports the dense fruit texture, adding spice and smoothness to the wine’s rough edges. Drink from 2021.” 

Clavis Orea St-Émilion Grand Cru 2017

We have not produced 2017 wines because of the climate, as the frost caused two-thirds of losses. Moreover, the quality of the remaining volumes was not meeting our level of requirements.

Clavis Orea St-Émilion Grand Cru 2018

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The Wine Cellar Insider

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2018

92-94/100  

Jeff Leve – 19.04.19

https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com

“Very ripe, fleshy, dense and oaky, the wine is plush, polished and packed with layers of dark red fruits, licorice, smoke, espresso and chocolate. Hedonistic in style, give this a few years of age, allowing it to become an even better wine.”

Yves Beck - Switzerland

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2018

95-97/100  

Yves Beck – 31.03.19

https://www.yvesbeck.wine

« Pourpre violacé. Bouquet intense, complexe, aux notes de cerises et d’épices. A l’aération, ce vin révèle le cœur de son terroir grâce à ses notes calcaires. Il est d’une rare subtilité et révèle de nombreuses facettes que ce soit d’un point de vue floral ou fruité. Au palais, le vin est racé, compact et doté de tannins qui se révèlent lentement pour atteindre le maximum de leur expression en fin de bouche. Ils sont dotés d’un grain fin et sont en symbiose avec la tension finale. Légère note d’amertume qui vient accentuer l’expression fruitée en fin de bouche. Un véritable chef d’œuvre. 2024-2043 »

Jancis Robinson

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2018

15.5/20  

Julia Harding MW – 25.04.19

https://www.jancisrobinson.com

Winemaker was a chef. 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. 8 ha (20 acres) spread across St-Émilion. Barrel sample.

Inky black core. Ripe and a little toasty but there’s also a light floral note. Very chewy and savoury on the palate, the tannins are all tied up round the fruit, so it seems pretty severe at the moment. Extreme grip but there is freshness and dark fruit hiding underneath, I’m just not sure when it will emerge. Don’t go near it for quite a long time. The tannins are so dominant that it is quite bitter on the finish. (JH) Drink 2025-2030”

vvWine

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2018

91-93/100  

Adrian van Velsen – 31.03.19

https://vvwine.ch

« Rubis profond. bouquet ouvert, floral, fruité noir, beaucoup mûre, prune subtile compotée, épices. Démarrage en douceur, puis devient rapidement plus serré, concentré de fruits noirs, très juteuse et équipé avec des tanins distinctifs, ceux – ci sont quelque chose de fines mais sans pitié, qui prend du temps et une certaine maturité, mais porter le vin pour longtemps. Se termine juteuse et frais sur le chocolat noir et de baies noires. Presque au niveau de A Cappella, nettement inférieur au coût prévu. »

2025-2040 (Dégusté sur Château Ripeau)

Forbes Magazine

Clavis Orea Grand Cru 2018

Tom Mullen

https://www.forbes.com

“The list below highlights some lesser known (as well as a few renowned) producers whose primeur reds deserve quality scores from 92 to 99 points on a scale of 100.’

Subterranean layers of flavor here—dark blackberries, charcoal, figs and leather from this Merlot/Cabernet Franc dominant blend. A bramble patch of flavor, waiting for an Argentinian steak.”

Contact us

Amphora Wine Management

33330 Saint-Émilion

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