Cote Des Sommets Pinot Noir

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  • French Pinot under $30 of this class is a very rare find
  • Wonderfully seductive flavours of wild strawberries and floral notes, there's a purity to this wine that set's it apart from peers
  • Fruit sourced from cooler vineyard sites scatted throughout the southern French hills of the Languedoc
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    $24.99
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  • Alistair Cooper
    92 points
  • Sam Kim
    92 points

Editors notes

Beautiful and bright in colour. Wonderful nose redolent of red berries. Floral notes of roses with a hint of spice and fresh cherries. Deliciously fresh yet seductive and round on the palate kept in check with very subtle notes of liquorice and white pepper. Full of freshness, elegance and finesse, this Pinot is long, balanced and exhibits real typicity inherent to the Pinot Noir grape as one would find in a red Burgundy.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Asian
  • Game
  • Pork
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Alistair Cooper MW

    92
    "As with the Chardonnay from this producer, the subtle use of oak in this wine gives some structure here without being oaky as such - it’s a deft touch that is rarely seen at this price.The fruit is wonderfully bright and berried, wild strawberries, cranberries and maybe a very subtle hint of something darker like plums and spice. It’s hard not to really like this wine as that fruit is so attractive. Some oak derived tannins give texture and frame to the wine suggesting it’s more serious than its similarly priced peers. Actually very good quality for the price as I take another sip. A bargain here."
  • Sam Kim

    92
    "It's elegantly expressed on the nose, showing red cherry, clove, roasted beet and floral aromas. The gently weighted palate displays sweet fruit flavours with silky texture and mellow tannins, making it immediately drinkable."

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France

Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.

Languedoc Roussillon

Languedoc-Roussillon is oft called by the abbreviated 'Languedoc' - It's the coastal region of southern France from Provence to the Pyrenees Mountains and borders with Spain. With over 3 times the amount of vines than the entire of Bordeaux it's a vast region that produces a lot of wine. Vin de Pays d'Oc and sparkling Crémant de Limoux are two of its most famous exports.

The regions history when it comes to wine is a long a rich one, however it is also home to some of the newest AUC appellations in France, like Cabardès, which was only officially recognised in 1999. The region is a haven for enthusiasts of wine on a budget, for it is here you can find some remarkably high-quality wines without breaking the bank. Given the higher amount of sun hours experienced in the South of France, the wines coming from there are more full bodied and rich than from other more prestigious regions.

In the recent past (1970's) Languedoc region was known to produce vast amounts of cheap wine that didn't help its reputation region at all, however a steady improvement now sees it responsible for producing some great value wines that are generally blends, though not entirely so. Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, Chardonnay, Carmenere, Cinsault and Picpoul are some of the most common widely planted varietals. Grower cooperatives produce some remarkable wines alongside their more traditional winery neighbours.

About the brand Cote Des Sommets

Côte des Sommets wines are a tribute to the rugged terrain, a fusion of nature's artistry and wine-making mastery. As the vines climb towards the sky, our commitment to quality soars to the pinnacle. Each sip is an elevation, a taste of the summit's finest. "Côte des Sommets" isn't just a name – it's an aspiration to taste the heights, an invitation to savour the peak of perfection. Discover the taste of altitude, and embrace the essence of excellence.

The Pays d'Oc takes full advantage of its Mediterranean climate. With its coastline bordering the region in the South, it provides hot and dry summers for perfect maturity. On the other side, the Black Mountain brings enough humidity and cool temperatures for the vineyards to produce grapes packed full of fruity aromas.

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