Domaine de la Métairie d’Alon Pinot Noir Village 2019

Tasting Note: Located in the Languedoc but with its wine-making approach firmly rooted in Burgundy, Domaine de la Métairie d’Alon blends grapes from a selection of top plots to produce its exceptional ‘Village’ cuvées. This wine is cultivated on plots at higher altitude than is usual in the Languedoc, lending the grapes the benefit of fresh night temperatures and sunny days.

A selection of the Pinot Noir for this blend comes from 12-year-old vines facing North in a hot basin, which allows a slow ripening of the grapes and leads to balance in the wine. To ensure freshness, 60% of the wines were aged at a low temperature in stainless steel for 9 months while the remaining 40% of the blend was aged in 3-4 year old barrels for 6 months.

All the grapes are grown organically.  Displaying a beautiful cherry colour in the glass, the nose evokes summer gardens and hedgerows, with red berry notes mingling with peony and rose and married with the warmth of ginger. Belying its southerly location, this elegant wine charms with a fresh, yet round palate lifted by liquorice and white pepper. Elegant and long, this is superb Pinot Noir for festive fine dining.

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