Delmas Aude Pinot Noir
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Domaine Delmas has practiced certified organic farming since 1986.
- The IGP Haute Vallée de l’Aude is tucked into the western portion of the Languedoc region
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Elaboration: The soil is clay-limestone. The vineyard was harvested manually. The wine is barrel aged for 12 months.
Tasting Notes: The dress is light (but not short-dressed) with garnet nuances. Beautiful olfactory intensity on sour cherry, blackberry, catechu and black pepper. On the palate, the tannins are powdery and supported by a beautiful liveliness. Lots of indulgence with notes of candied red fruits and a peppery finish.
Domaine Delmas has long been considered a reference point for Limoux bubbles and the house is operated by Bernard Delmas, his wife Marlene, and their son Baptiste.
Bernard Delmas was a well-known chef before returning to Limoux to run his family’s business, and Bernard has made many improvements at Delmas over the years, most notably a conversion to organic farming (Delmas was the first organically certified producer in Limoux back in 1986) and the expansion of their vineyard holdings (all high elevation in the mountains that circle the town) from 3 to 32 hectares,
Aging in bottle goes well beyond the established Limoux standards – Wines spend up to 36 months on lees and this is very apparent when one puts a glass of Bernard’s cuvees to his/her nose.