Pinot Noir in the Minervois? When I first heard that I’ll admit that I raised my eyebrows and rolled my eyes… but then I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon in the cool cave of Minervois Vigneron Guy Van Lancker at Domaine Combe Blanche.
This gentleman swims against the region’s traditional Grenache/Syrah current, growing and bottling not only Pinot Noir, but Tempranillo, and Cinsault too. These wines are no mere novelty or vanity project, as Guy takes meticulous care in both his vineyards and cellar to produce wines of exquisite and authentic Languedoc character, albeit it not with the grapes you would usually expect to find there.
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Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And he was surprised at just how good these grapes could perform there.