One week from today I’ll be arriving in the Côte D’Or for the vendanges. I’ll be spending a few weeks in the cellar at Domaine Hubert Lignier, one of Robert’s long-standing producers of the highest quality pinot noir.
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
In this month's 'Spurrier's World' in Decanter Magazine, Steven visits the Loire and makes special mention of Matthieu Delaporte, 24, who is 'fine-tuning' his whites and 'making waves' with Pinot Noir. The Delaportes have been making wines in Chavignol, Sancerre, for generations. Young Matthieu is pushing boundries, experimenting with pruning techniques on a small plot of pinot vines, and continuing his family's signature style of taught, elegant and expressive Sancerre wines. Of particular interest to wine enthusiasts will be his Cuvée Maximes (in both white and red). Steven Spurrier picks out the Pinot Noir as having 'complexity and vigour' with a northern purity. The white cuvée, like the red, is oak aged and will take drinkers into another realm of Sauvignon Blanc, made from vines of 50 years+ grown on clay-limestone soils. The Delaporte's white Sancerres have the fantastic and rare ability to age wonderfully. The current vintages (2011 for the unoaked Sancerre, and 2010 for the oaked Maxime) are both cellar worthy and will be hugely rewarding in years to come. Get in touch if you'd like to see for yourself. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and prices.