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Pinot Noir from Sancerre and Baden

The two wines featured in this post are made from Pinot Noir located in regions where you might not expect to find it, Sancerre and Baden.  In the 19th century Sancerre was mostly planted with Pinot Noir and Gamay but this proportion changed with the phylloxera.  Today some 20% of the production is based on Pinot Noir.   It may seem incredible but Germany contains the third-largest plantings of Spatburgunder or Pinot Noir in the world.  One of the young, formally trained efforts are those of Shelter Winery.  This is the product of Hans-Bert Espe and Silke Wolf.  After attending Geisenheim wine university, they worked in Oregon then began making wine in a former Canadian Air Force bunker.  It was just over a decade ago that this beginning inspired the winery name.

The 2011 Shelter Winery, Lovely Lilly, Pinot Noir, Baden drank well over two nights.  On the first night there was a vibrancy that reminded me of German wines.  It showed a good balance of fruit, minerals, acidity, and mouth feel such that I suspect it will improve over the winter.  The price is attractive as well.  The 2012 Pascal et Nicolas Reverdy, Cuvee Terre  de Maimbray, Sancerre Rouge remained gentle and refused to give up hints of its future.  It remained a solid effort so perhaps its best to try again after the winter.  The Reverdy was purchased at Weygandt-Wines and the Shelter Winery at MacArthur Beverages.


2011 Shelter Winery, Lovely Lilly, Pinot Noir, Baden – $19
Imported by T. Elenteny Imports.  This wine is 100% Pinot Noir.  Alcohol 13.5%.  There were greenhouse-infused aromas of clean red and black fruit with just hints of modern Pinot Noir aromas.  In the mouth the flavors turned black with minerals, all of which overlay strawberry notes.  The wine was vibrant the first night.  With air the acidity remained noticeable at first then the flavors rounded out in the middle before the youthful and robust finish.  This modern wine had salivating acidity, and a tangy aftertaste.  **(*) 2015-2019.


2012 Pascal et Nicolas Reverdy, Cuvee Terre  de Maimbray, Sancerre Rouge – $30
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is 100% Pinot Noir soils from soils of clay and chalk.  Alcohol 13%.  The nose revealed red fruit that was slightly buttery.  In the mouth there were gentle flavors of strawberry and cherry with just hints of ripeness.  This was supported by a gentle and moderate structure.  A touch of fresh orange peel and minerality developed with air.  ** 2015-2018.


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