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