Bertaine Pinot Noir (12pk)
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Region: Aude Valley
Soil: Sand & Limestone
Elevation: 300 to 500m
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Hilde Chevillot
Background: Bertaine et Fils is a range of modern varietal wines sourced from the cool-climate Aude Valley and named in honour of Jacques Bertaine, one of the region’s most prominent grape growers.
Sourcing: The vineyards of the Aude Valley are planted in the foothills of the Pyrenees, alongside the river that flows down to join the Canal du Midi at Carcassonne. The 20 year old, low-yielding vineyards benefit from high elevation and cool evenings to create elegant and varietally expressive wines.
Winemaking: Hand picked into small bins before a total de-stemming and long, cool maceration. Fermented in open stainless steel tanks before partial maturation in two and three year old French oak for six months.
Vintage 2019: 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, have fine acidity and fragrant flavours.
Tasting Note: Light red in colour with a lifted and expressive nose of ripe plums, dark berries and exotic spice. The palate is rich and supple with a core of sweetly fruited red berry and dark cherry flavours balanced by bright acidity. Notes of forest floor and smoky spice add complexity before fine tannins provide definition to the finish. Pair with a smoked duck salad with a truffle dressing.