Pinot Noir * 75cl * 13% ABV * Burgundy, France
The Remoriquet domaine dates back to the end of the 19th century and the property is now managed by 4th-generation Gilles Remoriquet, oenology graduate of the acclaimed University of Dijon. We're very much at home in 'traditional' Burgundy here - Gilles strongly believes in horse-ploughing, limiting yields, hand-harvesting and barrel maturation. But he's also an extensive traveller, visiting vinous colleagues around France to see what others are doing with regards to soil quality and the like. Many of the Remoriquet wines benefit from time maturing in bottle to soften their astringent tannins and to coax out their rather shy fruit. Once they are in their stride, however, these are wines of suppleness and generosity, heavily perfumed and lusciously textured. Whilst it is a shame that the Remoriquet name isn't better known in the UK, it means that these wines represent terrific value - that can rarely be said of Burgundy.