100% Pinot Noir
This is another example of the way in which Catherine Delaunay has transferred her family know-how to the South of France. This wine, which is produced in limited quantities, is quite different from preconceived ideas people generally have about Pinot Noir wines when the variety is grown away from its homeland. It is well worth discovering ...
Cold pre-fermentation maceration lasting about a week, followed by one week's fermentation at controlled temperatures. 25% of the final blend is aged in oak barrels for 6 to 9 months.
Appearance: Dark colour, with ruby tints. Nose: Scents of red and black berries mixed with floral notes, together with hints of delicate wood and vanilla. Taste: On the palate, this wine is complex, rich, long and fat. It displays aromas of crushed black fruits (blackberries, blackcurrants, cherries) and jam. The tannins are plump and well-integrated. Unlike many Pinot Noirs grown in the Pays d'Oc, this wine is not dominated by heaviness or an excessive over-ripeness.
Since Pinot Noir is a northern variety, we have chosen our vineyards in the heights of the Aude Valley, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The cooler climate, milder temperatures and rainfall here prevent the grapes from ripening too quickly. The vines have an average age of 10 years. They are pruned using the "cordon de Royat" (trellised) and "Guyot" (trellised) methods. Yields are relatively low, around 50 hectolitres per hectare. The clay and limestone soils on the terraces here are fairly similar to the soils of Pinot Noir's homeland.
Recommended serving temperature: 17 - 18°C. This wine goes well with charcuteries, white meat (such as chicken with a cream sauce) and light cheeses.