2016 Domaine Moutard Sulfite-Free Irancy La Croix Bouteix Pinot Noir, Burgundy
This Burgundy Pinot Noir comes in a pretty dark and intense red color indeed for the grape, somewhat surprisingly, it looks nearly black to the core, and a dark red with purple hues to the rim. This appears to be some seriously color-concentrated Pinot!
The nose is both powerfully and vibrantly fruity, but also deep at the same time.
Clearly the aromatic profile is dominated by the shiny fruit character of sour cherries, like very ripe cherries. But a wealth of black pepper, mixed with delicate yet deep sweet spices like clove, make for a serious and fascinating smell.
The palate follows suit, with a razor-sharp precision built into the wine’s fruity approach combined with a sense of weight and seriousness, without being weighty or heavy whatsoever. Even if this may sound contradictory.
This Pinot feels dense and tannic, with a wealth of velvety phenolics. It’s freshened up and kept lively by a crisp acidity that underlines vibrant flavors of cherry and raspberry. Add some white pepper, and a sense of mintiness, augmented by clear red berry ripeness, and you’re in for a hell of a ride of a precise yet frantic Pinot Noir, bursting with pungent flavors in all directions.
This is still a very young wine, virtually just released and fresh ‘out-of-the-box’. But man does it deliver its share of pungent and bursting fruit aromas and flavors!
It clearly appears to have been vinified with great precision. You get the impression you are tasting here the fresh grapes, combined with their earthy Burgundy terroir, and the savory vinous edge given by the winemaking, all combined/packed into a single glass of wine.
Extreme precision of the fruit, vinification, and terroir’s expression is what comes to mind while tasting. Certainly a wine worth experiencing….
Despite the absence of sulfites, it feels like the wine could well benefit from another year of settling in its bottle. Great to taste now though, for enjoying its bursting fruity liveliness and spices.
An outstanding tasting experience!