Le Chat Noir Pinot Noir (12pk)
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Region: Gers & Aude Valley
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Hilde Chevillot
Sourcing: Fruit from the Gers region, in the centre of southern France provides a core of rich and vibrant fruit with impressive depth whilst the high altitude, cool climate Aude Valley fruit provides high note aromatics and bright, fresh acidity.
Winemaking: Totally de-stemmed before a long, cool maceration. Maturation is primarily in stainless steel with roughly one third undergoing carbonic maceration, aiding aromatics and fruit expression. A further third receives six month maturation in French oak for greater complexity.
2019 Vintage: A later vintage but a healthy one in the Aude Valley. Whilst elsewhere had minimal rain and some heat the south managed through above average humidity and rainfall that made for vineyard challenges but the result seemed only to have benefitted the berry development even with present disease pressure. The berries achieved full ripeness, had fine acidities and fragrant flavours making 2019 an excellent vintage.