Domaine de l'Aigle Vallée d'Aude Pinot Noir Gérard Bertrand 2017

DALP17

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Domaine de l'Aigle is an aromatic Pinot Noir with bright notes of raspberry and cranberry accompanied by spicy top notes. Elegant and smooth on the palate, with exceptional structure and a long, silky finish.

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£21.49

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The Domaine de l’Aigle is located close to the village of Roquetaillade, near Limoux in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The estate covers some 31 hectares, with vines planted between 250 and 500 metres above sea level, making it one of the highest vineyards in the Haute Vallée de l’Aude, and indeed the Languedoc. The Pinot Noir vines flourish in the climatic conditions of the Haute Vallée de l’Aude as they are similar to those of Burgundy, where the variety originated. The oceanic climate with continental influences, frequent rainfall and a wide temperature range offer excellent conditions for gradual ripening, allowing the grapes to produce concentrated fruit flavours, balancing acidity and complex aromas. The vines are grown in compliance with the rules of sustainable agriculture set by Terra Vitis and the grapes were hand-harvested.

The grapes were separated from the bunches and sorted thoroughly to remove all stems and leaves. The fruit then underwent pre-fermentation cold maceration for five to eight days, with frequent cap punching. In the early stages of fermentation, the grape skins were punched-down, little by little, to ensure optimal extraction of aromas and tannins; this was followed by stirring. The maceration process lasted approximately three weeks. The must was then lightly pressed in a pneumatic pressing machine, separating the free-run juice from the pressed juice. The free-run juice was cooled for 24 hours and then 80% was transferred to French oak barrels for nine months of malolactic conversion and ageing; the remainder was matured in vat to retain the purity of fruit. The wines were then blended together after racking.

 
Data sheet
RRP £22.95
Vintage 2017
Alcoholic strength 14%
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Subregion Aude
Grapes Pinot Noir 100%
Body C
Contains sulphites Yes
Vegetarian No
Vegan No
Milk No
Eggs No
Organic Yes
Biodynamic No
 
Gérard Bertrand

Gérard Bertrand is one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France, where he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of Languedoc Roussillon. Formerly the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and Wine Enthusiast's European Winery of the Year, he is known locally as the "King" of the Languedoc. Brought up in the Languedoc vineyards, Gérard Bertrand is committed to sharing the characteristics and exceptional diversity of each of the terroirs. 20 years of expertise ensures that wines bearing Gérard Bertrand's signature have a unique style, driven by the fundamental values of excellence, authenticity, conviviality and innovation.

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