Eric Thill Poulsard Pinot Noir (750ml)
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Eric and Bérengère Thill make wines in the Jura region of France. The landscape is characterised by bucolic plains, rolling vineyards vineyards that rise up to the Jura Mountains which border Switzerland. The region is renowned for its small farms, its wine and cheese production. It is here, from their small holdings in the south of the Jura some 45 kilometres south of Arbois, that the Thills grow the traditional Jura grape varieties including Chardonnay, Savagnin, Pinot Noir and Poulsard. They were certified organic by Ecocert in 2015. Eric was originally from Alsace and prefers to work with single grape varieties. Their vines are planted close to the forests which provide diversity. Their wines will appeal to natural wine lovers as they use a minimalist winemaking approach and eschew the use of sulphites.
This Jura red is showing ripe cherry on the nose with those same sweet cherry notes on the palate and a delicious pomegranate freshness. Medium bodied with high acidity and well ripened tannins. The wine has a great length and a lot of elegance. This is an affordable alternative to red Burgundy or something a Cru Beaujolais lover would certainly enjoy. Drink this with roast chicken, seared duck breast with cherries or barbecued pork chops.
In 2019, the harvest was so small that Eric Thill, contrary to his single-variety philosophy, bottled a cuvée of Poulsard and Pinot Noir for the first time. Poulsard (sometimes spelled Ploussard) is a native red grape from the Jura region that makes lightly pigmented, light bodied reds similar to Gamay or Pinot Noir. The Poulsard is planted on marl soils while the Pinot Noir is on deep clay soil. 100% destemmed grapes, 14 days vatting without pumping over or punching down.