Bourg Lachamps Pinot Noir 2018

Savvy Burgundy fans are beginning to seek out the top-value wines of the Ardèche, in southeastern France. You’re in for a treat with this beauty, crafted in tiny quantities by the talented Luc Tallaron. As you’ll discover, his is a name to keep on your radar.

Along with its breathtaking gorges (carved out from the Ardèche River) the Ardèche region boasts a Mediterranean climate – hot, dry summers and mild winters, tempered by the cooling Mistral wind. The pebble-strewn, free-draining soils are ideal for ‘stressing’ out grape vines, which concentrates the aromas and flavors in grapes. As with many of the finest reds of the Côte d’Or, Luc’s Pinot Noir is crafted from limestone slopes that enjoy an optimal south-facing exposure. His vines are up to 15 years old, and as they age, are producing increasingly complex, concentrated flavors.

After hand harvesting his premium fruit, Luc gave the grapes a careful 5-6 day maceration period (to draw out as much flavor as possible). A portion of the wine was aged in fine oak for nine months, to add pleasing softness and vanilla notes.

With its smooth texture and red-berry vibrance, this is the perfect red to sip with charcuterie and cheese, or nearly any white meat dish (Thanksgiving turkey, anyone?). For a fun food pairing: the Ardèche is France’s largest producer of chestnuts, so why not incorporate them into your meal plans? A dish like wine-braised pork shoulder with sweet potatoes and chestnuts would be an excellent partner for this juicy Pinot.

Country

France

Varietal

Pinot Noir

Region

Ardeche

Alcohol

12.5

Volume

750ML

Vintage

2018