I know Le Chat Noir is French for The Black Cat, though it should really be French for Bloody Good Wine, or Sacrement Bon Vin. From the too-scenic-to-be-real foothills of the French countryside this is a light, bright, and effervescent example of Pinot Gris. Restrained and fresh on the nose with apple, spices and a dash of citrus while the palate is driven by fruit, with a medium body and a sparkling core of apple, pear, more spice and a soft mineral length. A gorgeous bronze hue, a common feature for this varietal, simply adds to it’s golden appeal.
2014 Vintage: Sam Kim, Wineorbit.co.nz "A delightful modern expression, the elegant nose shows stone fruit, citrus and floral with a hint of almond. It is succulent and generous, nicely supported by silky texture and delicate acidity. A lovely dry style showing plenty of appeal and drinkability. At its best: now to 2018."
From the Winery
Until 2009, French Appellation laws restricted the planting of Pinot Gris to the Alsace region. Now planted in the South of France, Pinot Gris offers much promise – creating a more elegant fruit-driven style whilst retaining the varietal richness and complexity.
Primarily sourced from a vineyard in the dried lakebed of Etang de Marseillette, alongside the Canal du Midi and east of Carcassonne. This has proven to be a special terroir for Pinot Gris, always cooler than the rest of the region and with excellent soil moisture.
Hand harvested and then de-stemmed before a quick and precise vinification in stainless steel. The majority of the blend was then matured on lees in stainless steel tanks for six months whilst a small portion was racked to two year old French oak barriques for added complexity.
Don't Pay: $18.00
WBW Rating: 94/100
Region: Marseillette, France
Winemaker: Hilde Chevillot
Drink now until: 2019
Alc/Vol: 13 %
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