Who makes it?
Domaine Begude has a gorgeous backdrop against the Pyrenees and the Corbieres near Limoux in South West France. Owners, Catherine and James Kinglake, took over custodianship of this organic wine estate in 2003. However, the vineyards on the gentle rolling slopes here have seen plenty of vinous activity over centuries.
Unsurprisingly, due to the effect of being located at the foothills of the Pyrenees, Limoux is the Languedoc’s cool climate region. Hence, it simply makes sense that Domaine Begude specialise in Chardonnay and Pinot noir. They make several different versions of each and this includes this Espirit Pinot noir.
They haven’t stopped just at Chardonnay and Pinot though. The cooler climes means that their vineyards have Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon blanc, Viognier and Chenin blanc. They also have made space for a variety rarely found in France, Gruner Veltliner. This exciting addition makes this estate one to keep an eye on.
How they make it?
This Pinot version has had 12 months maturing in larger barrels. All the grapes grown by the couple are organically certified. They also use some biodynamic principles although the wines are not certified as such.
What does it taste like?
There is an elegance to this Pinot, fragrant with cherries and berries and spice and light mushroom and vegetal nuance. The soft tannins along the long length leaves a sense of fine graininess with the more earthy flourish on the finish.
What to drink with it?
Feel free to stick with the usual matches such as duck, or Spring lamb. Or you could also add a touch of spice to your choices such as Peking Duck, or BBQ pork buns, or a Malaysian Kapitan curry sauce.
Quickie review « This is not just a good wine for Pinotphiles, it is a delicious wine for someone looking for something beyond the usual.»
Country of Origin: IGP Haute Vallée de l’Aude, France
Tasting Date: November 20
Price: £16 | €20
Drink: now – 3+ years
Needs food: no