From 25-year-old vines grown on sloping parcels of soft, porous Kimmeridgian limestone chalk and calcareous rocky marl. The grapes are hand-harvested and vinified exclusively in thermoregulated stainless steel tanks.
In a good large glass, this limpid, saturated, ruby red Pinot Noir is a perfect example of a wine that puts on weight over time. Aromas of wild strawberry preserves, fresh tea roses, sweet wood smoke, and persimmon move in and out of the foreground, sometimes alternating with black and red currants, griotte cherries, and a fleeting suggestion of cardamom as the nose evolves in the glass. On the palate, the wine is supple and medium bodied, with a beautiful silky texture, and a core of sweet red fruit seasoned with fresh rosemary, dried lavender, freshly grated nutmeg, and palpable, saline minerality. Drink now for its electrifying energy and primary fruit, or tuck away in a cool cellar for a decade or more. About this wine producer: The estate was established in 1970, when Jean-Bernard Moindrot took control of vineyards his grandfather had established years earlier to supplement the income from his cereal mill. In 1999, Jean-Bernard’s son, Valentin Moindrot, took the reins of what had grown to be a fifteen-hectare vineyard, including these eleven hectares of Sauvignon Blanc, and four of Pinot Noir.
The vines have always been farmed without the use of chemical pesticides or herbicides, and a cover crop of grass and alfalfa is grown between the rows, to encourage deeply rooted vines, as well as to control erosion of the slopes. The estate produces about 9000 cases annually, with 80% of the production sold to private customers locally, and to restaurants throughout the Loire Valley and beyond in France.
Really needs time in the glass. Definitely decant to blow off alcohol