Athletes du Vin - Touraine Pinot Noir 2016
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Pinot Noir—there's so much to love about this noble grape, except perhaps the price of soaring Burgundies nowadays.
Even entry-level Bourgogne rouges and hitting around $300 minimum for what is decent, but hardly heart-stopping Pinot. With a grape this good, consumption shouldn't be confined to only fancy dinners or special occasions.
So once again, let's look to the Loire for value. This organic Pinot Noir is farmed to the same low yields as in Burgundy, allowing good concentration and depth into a silky, elegant palate. It's not
Annual Production: N/A
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Terroir: Sand and clay soils, 35-year-old vines
Winemaking: Native yeast fermentation, fermentation in stainless steel tanks and wooden tanks; 35hl/ha
Certification: Certified organic
Drinking Window: 2018-2021
Les Athletes du Vin is a négociant project focused on producing great value typical wines from the Loire Valley. The idea was conceived by a group of French winemakers called Vini Be Good who work together to distribute their wines in France. The wines are vinified by various members of the Vini Be Good network using their own grapes or grapes purchased from friends and neighbors in the Loire.
Cork Culture works with Matthieu Vallée of Château Yvonne, and all three of the cuvées we source from Les Athletes du Vin are made by Matthieu’s brother Gérard Vallée of Domaine de la Cotelleraie in Bourgeuil.
The labels for Les Athletes du Vin are drawings by French artist, illustrator, and cartoonist Michel Tolmer who has been the unofficial lead artist of the French natural wine movement since the 1990s.