Guillaume Pinot Noir, Franche-Comte, France 2015

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Guillaume Pinot Noir, Franche-Comte, France 2015

17.95

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. Drink now-2020.

 

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