Pinot Noir Précoce 2021


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Pinot Noir Précoce is a wonderful grape variety that is closely related to Pinot Noir. Early ripening, hence suited to the UK’s cool climate, it produces wines that are silky smooth, perfumed and somewhere between a New World Pinot and a Beaujolais Cru. Ben loves the variety, having worked as a wine-maker in Morgon, Beaujolais where they are producing light, aromatic and complex red wines that are similar in style to our Pinot.

This wine is 100 % Pinot Noir Précoce and the grapes were fermented on their skins as crushed / de-stemmed berries or in mixtures with whole bunch berries left in. The former method is more common to Burgundy and produces complex, structured flavours and the latter to Beaujolais, which encourages lifted fruity aromas. After fermentation in tank the wine was transferred to 3-year-old oak barrels where is completed malolactic fermentation and then spent a further 6 months in oak. This allows the wine to soften and develop earthy, truffle-like characters that are synonymous with Pinot Noir.

We’re very proud of this wine at Flint and the fact that a carefully made English red wine can pack a good deal of flavour and punch that belies it’s light colour. It can be enjoyed now and cellared for 3 to 5 years.

Tasting notes

Full or red cherry fruits and black forest gateau on the nose, the wine jumps out of the glass with its perfume. There are back-notes of truffle, spice and an earthiness coming from its time in Burgundian oak. On the palate, the wine is super soft, with low acidity and rounded tannins. The fruit and complexity develop to give an excellent length. Pair with roast bird or game or just a plain old good quality pizza!

Technical information
Fermented in small batches using combinations of crushed / de-stemmed and whole bunch fruit

Malolactic fermentation and 6 months ageing in 3-year-old oak

Alcohol: 12.0 %

Titratable acidity: 5.9 g/L

Residual sugar: <0.5 g/L