The cool climate Aude Valey in the south of France produces arguably the best French Pinot Noir outside of Burgundy. The high elevation and cooling evening breezes result in a clean and fresh wine with balance tannin and true varietal character.
A classic South of France blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah all sourced from gnarly old dry grown vines of the Minervois region. A place filled with warm, dry ancient plains with sandy, dry and eroding sandstone soils with stony terraces that are perfect for producing smaller, thicker skinned and intensely flavoured berries.
I’ve long been a fan of the Le Chat Noir range, I just think it gets a lot of things right. But in pure wine quality terms, this is the best wine I’ve seen under the label in a while. Here’s where $20 goes a long way. This is a pretty exciting release. It’s nutty, spicy, fruity, earthen and all-round characterful. It boasts a spread of fine-grained tannin, has quite excellent length, and does everything it can to reach beyond its station. This kind of character at this kind of price doesn’t pass the desk all that often. Tasted: Nov 18; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $22; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2022; Rated: 91 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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