Le Champ des Etoiles (‘field of stars’) is the handiwork of the talented Mark Hoddy – made in the image of top-notch Burgundy, but with a southern French twist – i.e. a seriously succulent ripeness that keeps you coming back for more.
While on the hunt for just the right Pinot grapes for this special cuvée, Mark stumbled upon Torquebiau – a tiny vineyard in the Coteaux du Languedoc, close to the phenomenal Mas de Daumas Gassac estate. After Mark’s kid-glove treatment in the winery, the wine bursts with Pinot Noir’s characteristic red fruit aromas and flavors and signature silky texture. (But the southern warmth really shines through in your glass – thanks especially to the excellent 2016 vintage, which was warm and very sunny across the Languedoc.) Look for ripe strawberry and red currant notes on the nose, with hints of sweet spice. Juicy raspberry and cherry unfold on the palate, with a refreshing finish.
In Burgundy, the classic match for Pinot would be boeuf bourguignon, a traditional red wine and beef stew. In the Languedoc, they love to hunt, so the locals would sip it with juicy venison or boar dishes. It’s also tasty with meatier fish like salmon.
Hurry for your share of this delicious, Burgundy-style Pinot.