Domaine de l'Aigle Pinot Noir 2018
Although for the majority of wine drinkers, French pinot noir is virtually synonymous with red Burgundy, such unilateral thinking can deny us from discovering the increasingly good examples of this grape from some of France’s less likely wine-growing zones. Perhaps the most counterintuitive of these for successful production of a cool climate variety, is tucked away in the Mediterranean influenced region of Languedoc-Roussillon. The rationale becomes less obscure when we learn that these particular vineyards are located high in the cooler foothills of the Pyrenean mountain range near the sleepy town of Limoux - Domaine de l'Aigle itself has vines planted up to 500 meters.
The ‘Domain of the Eagle’ is one of 11 properties under the family ownership of ex-ruby star turned Languedoc winemaking pioneer, Gérard Bertrand. Gérard inherited his original family estate in 1987 after the untimely death of his father. Since then, he has been on a quest to highlight the great terroirs of Languedoc-Roussillon to wine lovers across the globe. The underlying philosophy behind this is an evolving attention to excellence in all aspects of production, particularly the vineyard, with all the properties including Domaine de l'Aigle being farmed using the principles of biodynamic agriculture.