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2015 Domaine de la Motte Pinot Noir
vintage: 2015
Type: Red
Producer; Domaine de la Motte
Variety: Pinot Noir
Country: France
Region: Languedoc Roussillon
Appellation: Vin de Pays d'Oc
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VINIFICATION: Domaine de La Motte is located in the Languedoc region of Southern France, a
few miles north of Narbonne, on the coast of the Mediterranean sea. The
estate lies just outside Corbierres and Minervois on the alluvial soil of the Aude
riverbed. An intense northwesterly wind called “Le Mistral” keeps the region
sunny, but not too hot, making this area perfect for growing wine grapes. Pinot
Noir is particularly well suited the Domaine’s gravel and sandy clay soil, and
here it achieves elegance and freshness. Grapes are hand harvested at night,
then crushed and destemmed as soon as they arrive in the winery. The must is
transferred to temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Cold-soak
maceration lasts five days at 50 ̊F. The tank temperature is then increased to
77 ̊F, select yeast is added and fermentation begins. This lasts five weeks with
regular cap-punching and gradual removal of the skins. The finished wine is
filtered and kept in the tanks until bottling so only the freshest wine is shipped
to market.
DOMAINE: Domaine de La Motte is owned and run by the Bonfils family, whose wine
making history began in 1870 when Honorine and Joseph Bonfils were exiled to
Algeria. Here, Honorine planted vines and became the first woman to receive
the Medal of Agricultural Merit. By the 1970s, the family had returned to
France and began buying vineyards, including a nice parcel in Capestang where
Domaine de La Motte is now produced. Today, the three Bonfils brothers run
the winery. Jérôme manages the vineyards, Olivier makes the wines, and
Laurent handles the marketing and business management.
TASTING NOTE: Fresh raspberry and cherry aromas give way to blackberry, strawberry and
dried herb flavors. Dry, medium bodied and well balanced, its bright acidity
is complemented by silky smooth tannins.
Try pairing with salmon, roast chicken and pasta dishes
price per bottle: $16.99
restaurant price: $50.97
sold per glass $ 11
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