Le Chat Noir Pinot Gris (12pk)
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Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris
Soil: Clay & Limestone
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Gris
Winemaker: Bernard Schurr
Pack Size: 12 Bottle Pack
Recipe match: Barbecued Chermoula Mullet Fillets
Background: This is the third vintage of Le Chat Noir Pinot Gris and one of the very first Pinot Gris ever produced in the South of France. Until 2009, French Appellation laws restricted the planting of Pinot Gris to the Alsace region. Now planted in the South of France, Pinot Gris offers much promise – creating a more elegant fruit-driven style whilst retaining the varietal richness and complexity.
Sourcing: Primarily sourced from a vineyard in the dried lake bed of Etang de Marseillette, alongside the Canal du Midi and east of Carcassonne. This has proven to be a special terroir for Pinot Gris, always cooler than the rest of the region and with excellent soil moisture.
Winemaking: Hand harvested and then de-stemmed before a quick and precise vinification in stainless steel. The majority of the blend was then matured on lees in stainless steel tanks for six months whilst a small portion was racked to two year old French oak barriques for added complexity.