Monday, January 12, 2009
LAROCHE PINOT NOIR DE LA CHEVALIERE 2007
The Grade: OUTSTANDING. The Mojo: The Laroche Pinot Noir de la Chevaliere 2007 is a really nice surprise from Domaine Laroche's new Vin de Pays d'Oc project. This 100% Pinot Noir from Beziers in the south of France is what you'd expect from French Pinot Noir - light, bright cherry fruit flavors and aromas, touches of earth and roasted nuts, and well-balanced acidity. What you don't necessarily expect is the richness of the berry/cherry fruit on the palate, and the presence of soft, velvety tannins across the palate. It's a delicious Pinot Noir that clocks in under $20.