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Pinot Noir Reserve "La Grande Piece" Domaine Saint Nicolas Thierry Michon 2009/2013

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One Line Description Pinot Noir Reserve "La Grande Piece" Domaine Saint Nicolas, Fiefs-Vendeen, Loire valley littoral Pinot, biodynamic, old vines, flavours of raspberry and the sea breeze
Production Method Natural, Organic, Biodynamic
Country France French
Region Loire, France
Producer Domaine Saint-Nicholas
Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol 13% abv
Terroir Schist soils
Maturation Large French barrels
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential 10 years
Production Detail Biodynamic, low intervention in cellar
Natural Features Low Sulphite (Sulphur), Vegan, Unfined, Unfiltered
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Pinot Noir Reserve "La Grande Piece" Domaine Saint Nicolas, Fiefs-Vendeen, Loire valley littoral Pinot, biodynamic, old vines, flavours of raspberry and the sea breeze. This is an extremely elegant Pinot Noir from this lesser-known region of the Loire Maritime, and you can really feel the Atlantic sea breeze permeating the wine. It's rare to find a coastal Pinot Noir grown on schist, though with examples such as this it's not easy to see why! A modest 13%, with fresh raspberry characteristics and tangible salinity, with poised acidity and lovely texture. It spends 15 months in large 400l French oak barrels, which give the wine its name. As with all his wines, it is made according to biodynamic certification, with spontaneous fermentation and minimal intervention. A must for lovers of Pinot Noir, or for anyone who enjoys the fascinating variety that the Loire valley has to offer.

Thierry's father purchased the vineyard at Ile d’Olonne in 1970 to build the winery that Thierry now runs. The wines of Saint-Nicholas are unique due to the vineyard's proximity to the ocean and resulting micro-climate: sea, woodland and the marshes of the Ile d’Olonne. They have a wide variety of grapes across this 37 hectare estate, and it is all farmed biodynamically. No easy task! For Thierry Michon, the schist and silex soils so close to the Atlantic are key to his success. His vineyards never see a non-organic product. He raises his own cows simply for the manure they produce which he religiously spreads between the vines. He has also slowly purchased buffer zones all around his property to prevent chemical products from other winemakers from seeping into his parcels.

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