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LE GRAND NOIR - d'Oc IGP - Pinot Noir - France

LE GRAND NOIR - Pinot Noir - Vin de Pays d'Oc - France - 2017

Dark cherry and berry fruits lead the nose of this rich and bramby wine, with hints of spicy chocolate and raspberry sauce lending added decadence. The plush palate offers more of the same, with a satiny texture and juicy, sweet-spiced fruit flavors that hang on through the medium-length finish.

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VINEYARD

All of le Grand Noir wines come from vineyards in the Minervois region, in Languedoc-Roussillon in the south of France. The Romans made wine here – there’s a 2,000 year-old burial site close to one of our vineyards – and grapes love the warm sunny climate and the cool breezes from the nearby Mediterranean and the ‘Black’ mountains. The wonderfully perfumed Viognier which thrives in a warm climate, for example, all comes from the vines growing close to the medieval walled village of Azille. The soil here is marked by grés – clay-limestone which seems to have a particular affinity with this grape variety. Chardonnay grows well in Azille too, but with his experience of blending wines from different vineyards in Bordeaux, Hugh Ryman prefers to marry it with Chardonnay from other parts of the region, including warm-climate vineyards around the village of Pepieux where the wind from the mountains brings fresh, perfumed flavours.

Wine facts

Producer:

Le Grand Noir

Variant:

750 ml

Average Age of Vines:

10 years

Average Vineyard Altitude:

A wide range of altitudes, from 200 - 400 meters

Density:

4000 vines / ha

Production:

Low - 80hl/ha

Harvest Method:

Mechanical harvesting at night to maintain freshness

Fermentation and Maceration:

Made in a very Burgundian manner. The whole bunches went through a period of cold soak. Fermentation on skins lasted 2 weeks prior to pressing. There was Burgundian-style manual punch-down to break up the cap and maximise colour. Very little press wine was used.

Aging:

A small proportion, 10%, is matured in oak barrels

Alcohol:

12.5%

Vintage:

2017

Country:

No

Grape Varietal:

Pinot Noir

SKU:

RH215

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