Planted in the cooler parts of the region, the Pinot Noir is able to produce a fine coloured wine with true black cherry/raspberry aromas and a rounded fruit flavours that are lifted by an attractive acidity. The wine is best drunk in the first two years to appreciate the fruity character of the Pinot.
Wine taking the name Vin de Pays d'Oc may come from any of the four departments of what is known as Le Midi: the Gard, the Aude, the Herault and the Pyrenees-Orientales. As a wine region the area, also referred to as the Languedoc-Roussillon, is one of the oldest in France, having been planted by the Romans. For most of the 20th century the region produced vast quantities of very common wine, and it was only with the creation of the Vins de Pays in 1973, an appelation that encouraged the promotion of the good regional wine from all parts of France, that the area began to attract investment both in vineyards and wineries. By the mid-80's, the success of varietally labelled wines from the New World persuaded growers to plant the noble grape varieties of Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire and Rhone Valleys in the Midi with increasing recognition. The Vins de Pays d'Oc represent around three-quarters of the total of all French Vins de Pays, with an average annual production of one billion bottles. Production of Pinot Noir is still under 0.5% of this. Laboure Roi's production averages 11,000 cases of Pinot Noir produced from grapes grown in Aude.
100% Pinot Noir
Grapes are machine harvested in the early morning to avoid the heat of the dry, transported to the winery, de-stemmed and ferment for 6-8 days under controlled temperatures with daily pumping over of the juice. The malolactic, or secondary fermentation follows and the wines mature for a further 6 months in tank before bottling.
Black cherry / raspberry aromas and rounded fruit flavors lifted by an attractive acidity. The wine is best drunk in the first two years to appreciate the fruity character of the Pinot.
Attractively lively fruit, generous finish.
Serve at around 65 Farenheit, even a little cooler on a warm day. Drink with cold cuts, pasta, sausages, grilled steak or pork chops, mild cheeses.