2018 AOP Hautes-Côtes de Beaune rouge
Pinot Noir from Nantoux, near Pommard. Planted in 1981, he says this vineyard looks like paradise. Lots of limestone here. Whole bunch maceration, then aged in old barrels for one year and then settled in tank before bottling.
Purple fruits on the nose, dark cherries, baking spice and chocolate. Very mystical. To drink it’s very supple and velvety. Slippery texture that is light but carries a huge wave of complexity. Dark minerals in background. Beautiful sandy fine tannins with grip. Fresh and elegant, has nice depth of flavour. Nice grip and tension too. Just that nice mid palate weight of flavour and density, without being heavy. Beautiful cherry fruit, with a lovely savoury element and dark cocoa spice. Tannins and spice linger for quite some time. This is the most serious of the reds, offering more power and structure. A food wine for those looking for a bit more depth and complexity.