THE BIRTH OF CUVÉE LOUISE: Each year in the cellar, certain lots of our estate wine have shown themselves to be more elegant, more complex, and structured for maximum ageability. These lots have comprised the cuvée Laurène bottling. The idea behind Louise is take our quest for excellence one step further, and produce the finest expression of Pinot Noir we can make by selecting the individual barrels with the best possible qualities. From the 1999 vintage, wine was selected from three barrels for a sublime balance of elegance, complexity, and finesse. The grapes were carefully hand picked into small boxes of 25 pounds. After quietly resting for a few days in the fermenters, fermentation started naturally and was conducted in the classical Burgundian method of punching down the cap, pumping over the juice, and most importantly - tasting each lot 2 - 3 times per day in order to make the best decisions. The wine was aged for over one year in 100% French Oak barrels made from our custom-made stock from Joseph Drouhin in Beaune.
A very dry summer resulted in extremely ripe and deeply colored grapes. We were then blessed with superb weather during harvest.
Lovely, intense red color. Blackcurrant, licorice and spices on the bouquet. On the palate the wine is pure, complex, full-bodied, with an excellent structure and an optimal level of ripe tannins. It has depth and a great deal of finesse. A very wellbalanced wine with a pure, long finish.