Puy de Dome Pinot Noir (750ml)
CharcuterieWarm Vegetable Dishes
Cave Saint-Verny is a co-op in the département of Puy-de-Dôme in the Auvergne, in the far north east of France’s Massif Central. Auvergne has a long wine growing tradition that dates back to Roman and Gallic times.
Saint-Verny is a small, highly dedicated, 65-grower cooperative that worked diligently to establish AOC status for Cotes d’Auvergne in 2011. Prior to recognizing its independent AOC status, the area was considered an extension of the Loire Valley, and its unique soil and topographical attributes had not been formally recognized. The vineyards stretch across 170 hectares from Riom in the north to Issoire in the south.
Intensely aromatic, showing hints of herbs, and ripe cherry fruit on the nose. This is a Pinot Noir that shows Burgundy-style soft tannins and no harsh edges. The palate is elegant and textured with smooth, sappy red cherry fruit.
The vines grow on volcanic soils, which contribute a real mineral driven character to the wines. The focus is on the vineyards with a minimalist approach in the cellar. A cooperative structure allows these passionate growers to realize the benefits of their efforts in their vineyards, as it would not make economic sense for them to bottle fruit from their small plots independently.
This has been a favourite Pinot Noir of mine for quite some time, as it consistently delivers on both quality and value.
In the glass, clear, very reflective and bright. Aromas of ‘almost-in-the-oven’ Cherry Pie that include dominant red fruit and bread/pastry dough. Notes of leather, newer oak, and a pleasant amount of smokiness. The palate delivers what the nose has promised; generous bright red fruit and wonderful baking spice aromas to round everything out. Fine, integrated tannins make this suitable on its own or ready to pair with anything from a cheese plate to a traditional turkey dinner!