Domaine De Clovallon, Pays d'Oc 2016 - $23.99
In my experience great Pinot Noir always comes from passionate farmer/winemakers. In this case Catherine Roque and her daughter Alix have 10 hectares of vines in the hills of the Languedoc about an hour west of Montpellier. Farming biodynamically, they hand harvest and put whole berries and whole clusters in the vat. No intervention, trust nature.The wine ferments on indigenous yeasts and sees 6 months in used barrels with just a tiny dose of sulfur at bottling.
This is a wild and delicious French styled Pinot Noir. It's lively and nervous, think cranberry, cherry skin, freshly crushed raspberries, balsam sap and lavender. It's also got a "glou glou" factor, you want to drink this one! Give it a slight chill and keep it cool. Clovallon with pair well with white meats, grilled fish, cheeses, and I can tell you it absolutely rocked a fresh garden tomato BLT.
Yes, I'm excited about this one and I hope that you'll try it!