This is another example of the way in which Catherine Delaunay has transferred her family know-how to the South of France. This wine, which is produced in limited quantities, is quite different from preconceived ideas people generally have about Pinot Noir wines when the variety is grown away from its homeland. It is well worth discovering …
Since Pinot Noir is a northern variety, we have chosen our vineyards in the heights of the Aude Valley, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The cooler climate, milder temperatures and rainfall here prevent the grapes from ripening too quickly.
The vines have an average age of 10 years. They are pruned using the “cordon de Royat” (trellised) and “Guyot” (trellised) methods. Yields are relatively low, around 50 hectolitres per hectare. The clay and limestone soils on the terraces here are fairly similar to the soils of Pinot Noir’s homeland.
Pinot Noir Les Jamelles has a dark colour with ruby tints. It has scents of red and black berries mixed with floral notes, together with hints of delicate wood and vanilla. It is complex, rich, long and fat on the palate. It displays aromas of crushed black fruits (blackberries, blackcurrants, cherries) and jam. The tannins are plumb and well-integrated. Unlike many Pinot Noirs growns in Pays d’Oc, this wine is not dominated by heaviness or an excessive over-ripeness.
Gratins, stews, grilled meats, rib of beef, lamb