Country: France Region: Alignan, Languedoc
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2014 Colour: White Style: Dry
Producer: Alexander Krossa
There are 14 villages that make up the Côtes de Thongue appellation which is 30 miles west of the Mediterranean town of Montpellier. Its designation is only vin de pays, which in France means basic “country wine,” but estates like Domaine des Montarels represent the new wave of independent producers that are showing the area’s true potential. When Dhanya and Nova Collette bought the property in 2005, the grapes from the vineyards had been sold to the local co-op for generations. Trusting in the quality of their fruit and in modern winemaking practices, the couple released their first vintage in 2007. Since then the venture has gone from strength to strength in a not so well known, up-and-coming region that typifies the emergence of the Languedoc Roussillon region as a whole.
Ageing Potential: Drink 4 years.
The grapes for Domaine des Montarels are picked late when really ripe and stemmed before fermentation. The maceration is short before the wine spends 12 months in narijpt used wooden barrels. This gives the wine its roundness and smoothness The result; a typical Pinot Noir color, taste is smooth with the red fruit of ripe cherries, sweet spice and velvety tannins in the finish. Pour in chicken, salads and light meats. Also nice slightly chilled as an aperitif.
Food Matches: Seafood / Fish / Fusion / Mussels/ White Meat ABV: 13.5%