Le Chat Noir Pinot Noir (12pk)
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Region: Gers & Aude Valley
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Hilde Chevillot
Pack Size: 12 Bottle Pack
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.
2016 Vintage: A very warm and dry vintage with noticeably low yields exacerbated by frosts in early Spring. The conditions continued with just enough relief via light showers before a very early and compounded harvest that had vignerons scrambling. A famous vintage for red wines, with rich flavours and impressive concentration matched by balance and freshness.