The Louise cuvée is always special. In each vintage, Véronique focuses on a few favorite barrels that, once nurtured and artfully blended, will become Louise. In 2013, her honesty and strict selection produced a Louise with trademark seamlessness and complexity, but in a much smaller lot than usual. But that's what makes Louise.
All of our Pinot Noir is handpicked and hand-sorted, de-stemmed, and then allowed to ferment at its own pace. Typically in barrel for 15 months, Louise maintains its sense of place and vintage character through a gentle élevage, and the use of only 20% new French oak. Our goal is to produce Pinot Noir with balance, elegance and finesse, and Louise best exemplifies these qualities.
2013 will be remembered as a year that rewarded experience and patience. A relatively warm and dry growing season continued through the start of picking. Those clear skies moved through a brief period of intense storms, with optimal conditions returning for the last few days of picking. As always, the strength of our vineyards gave us the ability to wait for ideal picking conditions. After élevage, the wines displayed beautiful layers, elegant complexity and a distinctive, cool climate personality.
Beautiful and elegant, the 2013 Louise is a brilliant ruby red. It offers a complex nose of fresh roses, earth, violets, black tea and red fruits. The wine is lovely, with evolving flavors of cranberry, anise, spice, cassis and pomegranate. The refined, supple texture and long finish make for a most harmonious wine that draws me back repeatedly. There is no question that the 2013 has the strength and balance to cellar at length, but I find it extremely pleasing now.