Posted on 30.10.20 Wine of the Week

#WOTW: a classy crowd-pleasing Pinot from Provence

When Maison Louis Latour, one of the great names of Burgundy, started planting Pinot Noir in Provence 30 years ago, there must have been many doubters.

The Var’s summer sunshine ought to make it much too hot for a Burgundian style Pinot, but thanks to the cooling effect of altitude, 500 meters above sea level, and the expertise of the Latour team, Domaine de Valmoissine Pinot Noir 2017 (£11.99 at Majestic on a Mix Six) avoids any baked, jammy flavours or high alcohol. Instead, there’s delicious fresh red fruit, a gentle savoury, herbal hint, subtle spice and smooth gentle tannins. It’s a match made in heaven for mushrooms, chicken pie or grilled duck breast.

Louis Latour deserves real credit for taking the grapes of Burgundy beyond their traditional borders and this wine offers a classy, crowd-pleasing wine at a seriously tempting price.

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