2015 Le Chat Pinot Gris
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Background:: This is the third vintage of Le Chat Noir Pinot Gris and one of the very first Pinot Gris ever produced in the South of France. 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
Sourcing: Primarily sourced from a vineyard in the dried lake bed 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.
Winemaking: 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.
2015 Vintage: As in much of Europe, 2015 was an outstanding vintage in the south of France. Winter and spring were very wet, ensuring excellent soil moisture levels before a hot, dry summer followed ensuring good growth and healthy vineyards. Finally a moderate but clear autumn ensured steady ripening and the cool nights courtesy of the clear skies allowed the retention of freshness and natural acidity.
Tasting Note: Pale and bright in colour with a light bronze tint. The nose is expressive and pure with aromas of apple, spice and citrus. The palate is bright and fruit driven with a vibrant core of pear and apple flavours, more spice, an attractive textural grip and soft mineral length.
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2015 Le Chat Pinot Gris
This is the first vintage of Le Chat Noir Pinot Gris and one of the very first pinot gris ever produced in the South of France. 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.
The wine is clear and bright with a good straw-green hue. It offers some chalky, briny dryness but also serves up some red apple deliciousness. Spice, texture and fruit, always a winning combination. It’s not over-complicated but it’s not simple either. Value. 89 points.Campbell Mattinson