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.
2017 Vintage: This was a challenging growing year for much of Europe as indeed it was for the South of France. The late April cooling from the North bringing risk of frost held at bay for many by the lighting of small vineyard row fires! Bunches were reduced and whilst the Summer warmth was long with limited rain events, the masterful vineyard management of the South ensured the resultant quality was very good. Smaller bunches of fully ripe flavours and tannins and slightly higher than expected natural acidity has ensured some excellent wines will come from 2017.