Antoine de la Farge L’Enfant Rebelle Pinot Noir 2019, Vin de France

£13.95

“Refreshing and melodic on the palate and bright and nimble on the finish, this is a demure superstar and I urge everyone to fall under its spell.”
Matthew Jukes, Money Week, January 2021

Colour

Red

Country

France

Domaine

Domaine de l'Ermitage & Antoine de la Farge

Grape

Pinot Noir

Region

Loire

Vintage

2019

Description

Pinot Noir is famed, and adored, for its complex array of sous bois (undergrowth sounds so much better in French) flavours, so seems tailor made for winter. Antoine makes this with as little intervention as possible, including bottling straight from the tank with very little filtration, so give it a decant when you have opened it to allow a bit of air in. The nose shows dark plum, black cherry and classic Pinot earthy favours. The palate is light and fresh, with a core of dark fruit and a whisper of fine, powdery tannins. A versatile wine, whether sipped on its own or matched with grilled meats or charcuterie, hearty salads, cheeses and pate.

“Goodness me, have we already found the best value Pinot Noir of the year? Antoine Lafarge is in the process of taking over Domaine de l’Ermitage in Menetou-Salon from his parents so watch this space, but he also makes a few wines under his own name and this ‘Rebel Child’ is spectacular. The perfume sets the scene with pinpoint accurate wild cherry and strawberry tones and the palate is lithe, slippery, resonant and hypnotic. There are wines that cost fifty pounds more than this one which should die of embarrassment by comparison to the accuracy and intimacy of this stunningly beautiful wine. Refreshing and melodic on the palate and bright and nimble on the finish, this is a demure superstar and I urge everyone to fall under its spell.”
Matthew Jukes, Money Week, January 2021

About the Domaine

This small domaine in the heart of Menetou-Salon was created in 2003 by Laurence and Géraud de Farge. Laurence’s father Bernard was involved in setting up the Menetou-Salon appellation in 1959 and her passion for this land is obvious. They are now in the process of handing over to their son, Antoine.

With just 10 hectares of vines they know every inch of their vineyards and harvest by hand, unusual in these parts. The soils, like Sancerre, are limestone and clay, ideally suited to both Sauvignon Blanc, which makes up 80% of their vines, and Pinot Noir. Yields and quality are controlled by de-budding and careful sorting prior to vinification.

Antoine de la Farge is an ambitious young man and a skilful wine maker. As well as taking over from his parents at Domaine de l’Ermitage in Menetou Salon he has developed a range of wines under his own name, designed to showcase the grapes and appellations of the Eastern Loire. These wines are produced on a small scale and with great care – Antoine works with growers his family have known for years, everything is picked by hand and fermentations happen naturally. The wines are made in stainless steel to emphasise their purity and freshness.

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