Domaine de Clovallon Pinot Noir 2020


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Alcohol: 14,1%

Grape(s): Pinot Noir

Localization: Languedoc, France

Tasting Notes: A nice ruby robe, bright with red and dark lights. Pinot notes in the nose: red berries (cherry, wild cherry) and cherry brandy. The mouth is ample and generous with Morello cherry aromas, the length is supple with more spiced notes (cinnamon)

Notes: The Clovallon vineyard is located outside of the village of Bedarieux in a small valley protected by some imposing dolomite cliffs. The vineyards are planted up to altitudes of 500 meters. Catherine Roque first planted Pinot Noir here in 1989. She has a few different parcels now, grown on different soils with different aspects. The harvesting is done manually and the wines are bottled without fining or filtering whenever possible.

The “Domaine” Pinot Noir is produced from younger vines on red sandstone soils. Fermentation is done in a vat with indigenous yeasts and no heating. The wine is matured for about six months in three-year-old barrels before bottling. Sulfur is added only at bottling and in a minimal dose.

Food pairing: An ideal fellow player for summer grilled food and roasted white meats.

The Domain: The Orb River runs for 135 kilometers from the Larzac Causses in Haut-Languedoc down to the Mediterranean Sea. Domaine de Clovallon is situated in the Haute Vallée de L’Orb which refers to a small stretch of the river valley that runs east to west with exposed hillsides and excellent southern exposure. Spanning geological periods from the primary to the quartenary, the Haute Vallée de L’Orb contains virtually every soil type found in France, and many of them are present in Clovallon’s 10 hectares.

To be in the company of Catherine Roque and her daughter Alix, is to be in the company of and feel the energy of passionate farmers. Catherine says that seeing the results of her bio-dynamic farming practices has greatly inspired her. In the vineyard, the Roques use fertilizer from their neighbor’s cows along with a mix of valerian and dolomite. In between the rows, the natural grasses are left to grow and Alix is contemplating buying a few sheep to help with the “mowing”. They already employ the help of their chickens. As non-interventionist winemakers, their wines naturally convey their respect for and delight in their land and vineyards.