Domaine Blard et Fils, 2018 Pierre Emile Pinot Noir, 750 ml
An elegant and beautifully structured Pinot Noir from one of the first plantings of these grapes in Savoie, France. Flavors of black currant and elderberry with silky tannins. Pairs well with fatty fish, risotto, roast chicken, or a beautiful beef tenderloin.
Jean-Noël and Thomas Blard (father and son) have been taking their five-generation family domain to an upswing in the last twenty years, while also moving to organic and natural practices. They are making fantastic wines in the Apremont region in Savoie. Pierre-Emile comes from the name of Thomas’ grandfather. He indeed planted this parcel of Pinot Noir. He is actually one of the first to bring the Burgundian grape to Savoie and they are one of the few producers aging Pinot Noir in neutral oak. The result is a very joyful Pinot that can age well but still showcases the fruit, with limited extraction.
Wink Lorch, author of Wines of the French Alps, has said, “This Pinot Noir has for several years been one of the best Savoie examples: aged in old oak, the juicy fruit combines with slight smoky spiciness.”
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Style: Red Wine
Alcohol Content: 12% Alcohol by Volume
Region: Savoie, France
Sub-Region or Appellation: AOP Vin de Savoie
Age of Vines: 30-40 year old vines
Soils: Three different parcels with a mix of clay and limestone soils grown on the landslide of 1248 of Mont Granier.
Elevation: 1000-1300 feet
Vinification: The grapes are destemmed and then vinified in stainless steel with a short 10 day maceration.
Aging: Aged for 12 months in old neutral oak barriques from Burgundy.
Fining or Filtering: None