A Dink A Day: 2013 Terres De Velle Pinot Noir
This year for the fourth of July, we were packing up the family to head up to the Berkshires for a long weekend of family, camping, sunshine, fireworks, and of course good wine. I had picked this Pinot up two months prior and had been planning on enjoying this great new wine in the mountain air with some fresh grilled holiday meats.
There are a few things I love about the makers of this wine. Firstly, they are not the typical winemakers that grew up with it in their blood. They do not come from rich land owners in Burgundy. Husband and wife Fabrice and Sophie Laronze learned it all along the way and after years of working for some of the top names in the Côte de Beaune, they honed their expertise and made all the contacts they would need to start making their own wine. So they started working a modest area of about five hectares of land. However, it’s not just any five hectares. There’s are dived among some of the key villages of the Côte de Beaune and include thirty year old vines in Volnay and Puligny-Montrachet. The benefit of having these two areas making up this wine is that you get the best traits of these two villages. There is no mistaking that fruit forward, ripeness and perfect minerality of a Pinot Noir of this region.
The pour shows how clear and clean this wine is. It is the perfect garnet shade with a slight watery rim. It was full on black cherry and currant from the jump. While it was a fruit forward nose, that trademark barnyard smell form Burgundy was there no question. The taste of this wine matched the nose with perfect balance. The acidity was spot on with this wine and the medium plus (slightly long) finish was exactly what I look for in a Burgundy Pinot Noir.
We enjoyed this with your all American grill out of hamburgers, Hot dogs, and all the fixings and this wine was right at home and complemented the meal with no problems at all. I think you would be doing your self a favor by picking one of these up if you can, as they only make a very small run of their wines. Partly in fact due to the modest amount of vines they use, but also because they practice organic, biodynamic, simple farming that also lends it self to smaller, but more dynamic yields. I have a Chardonnay from them as well that I am looking forward to trying soon and sharing with you as well…