Guillaume Pinot Noir, Franche-Comté, France 2015

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Guillaume Pinot Noir, Franche-Comté, France 2015


When he's not making exquisitely delicate Pinot Noir like this, Xavier Guillaume's main occupation is running a vine nursery in Charcenne, 50 miles east of Beaune, from where he supplies rootstock and vine plants to many of the great Burgundy domaines, including Domaine de la Romanee-Conti. With such fantastic raw ingredients at his disposal. it's no wonder that he dabbles a bit in wine-making on the side. After all, if you supply a 3-Star Michelin restaurant with eggs, you're going to make yourself a few omelettes.

This Pinot Noir comes from a region adjacent to Burgundy, but bearing the lesser-known appellation, Franche-Comté. It's exactly the sort of wine we love discovering, because it shows all the wonderful qualities of its more famous neighbour, but because it can't trade on its name, it has to fight that bit harder to get noticed, so the quality is higher and the price is lower. That's meat and veg to us!

A quick swirl of the glass releases the most gorgeous and delicate Pinot Noir aromas, like wafting a punnet of freshly-picked strawberries under your nose plus hints of violets and aromatic resins. The palate is succulent, juicy and summery, awash with notes of black raspberry, rhurbarb, rosehip and fragrant wood. A disarmingly delicious drop. 13% alc. You can drink it now, slightly chilled if that’s your preference, but we think peak drinking will be 2018-2022.

Press reviews:

Jancis Robinson (Tamlyn Currin - April 2018): “Graphite and chiselled cherry with a delicate damp-woodland note. Pencil-thin tannins. Sharp and pointed and cool red fruit lightly sketched across the tongue. Tap dances! Serve a little chilled. Drink 2017-2021” 16.5 points

Jancis (Tamlyn Currin - May 2017): "Pretty, almost jammy, nose. Bright vivacious fruit. A little bit of gumdrops with a bite of high acidity. Cranberry tartness and so, so fresh and energetic that you could do bootcamp on the strength of a glass of this. Needs a bit of chilling. Great for summer-ripe tomato dishes! Drink 2017-2020." 16.5 points

Customer Comments:

"The Pinot is great" - Mr. P.F. 

I really like it a lot. Two cases please." - Mr. I. W.

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