These Pinot Noir grapes were discovered in two ideal regions of France, Puy de Dôme and Méditerranée. Both feature vines 15-40 years old in high-altitude vineyard sites near the 45th parallel. Hot days and cold nights bestow delicacy and finesse, as in Burgundy. Master Blender Jean-Pierre Rodet rejected hundreds of lots to find the perfect grapes to craft this luscious Pinot Noir. Grapes are destemmed before undergoing a cold maceration at 43 - 46°F for 5-7 days to extract delicate fruit notes, very unusual for a Vin de Pays. Fermentation occurs in open-top barrels for a long 15-20 days, followed by malolactic fermentation and maturation in tank on light lees. This wine’s bright, fruity character is preserved by the absence of oak.

90 Points
Blue Lifestyle
2016 vintage
90 Points
Tasting Panel
2016 vintage
Tasting Note
Full of red fruit and spice, this wine showcases Pinot Noir’s signature silky texture and food-friendliness. Sweet cherry fruit melds with earth and spice, balanced acidity and ripe, fine tannin, giving a long, smooth finish.
Food Pairing
Well-suited to pastas, pizza, or BBQ.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Vin de Pays (France)
PH: 3.5
ACIDITY: 3.22 g/L
ABV: 13.1%
AGING: Stainless Steel
Unique Selling Points
  • Made by a 10th-generation family winery
  • Pinot Noir grapes are sourced from the ideal Puy de Dôme and Méditerranée winegrowing regions, where hot days and cool nights yield delicacy and finesse
  • Made with the Burgundian method, at a higher quality level than Vin de Pays
  • Screw cap closure is practical, environmentally friendly and well-suited for wines meant to be enjoyed on release
  • Lower Carbon Footprint: Sustainable farming, solar-powered winery, water capture and recycle for cleaning of facility, lightweight glass, and local sustainable printer

About the Grape

Pinot Noir
In France, makes a silky, deceptively powerful wine of elegant, complex aromas and subtle, red fruit flavors, with earthy, floral, mushroom and mineral notes. In California, shows ripe, sweet characters.
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