The Louise cuvée is always special. In each vintage, Véronique focuses on a few favorite barrels that, once nurtured and artfuly blended, will become Louise. Seamless, complex, layered and deeply pleasing, it is a rare and decidedly wonderful wine. It is 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.
In describing the vintage character, words like beautiful and exuberant come to mind. Not shy, but balanced and energetic, these are wines that will be delicious young and will certainly age very well. We saw bud break in mid-April, a warmer than average spring led into an even, dry and often hot summer. Harvest began in mid-September under clear skies, which continued for a remarkable four straight weeks. In general, the fruit was ripe, exceptionally clean, and abundant.
The 2014 Louise is a luminous ruby red, with excellent clarity and a deep red center core. Aromatically, there is a vibrant, perfumed mix of spice, plum, dark berry, jory earth, and purple flowers. The palate envelops the mouth with flavors of bright red cherry, fresh berries, dried fruits, fig, and spice. This is clearly a wine with an exciting future, based on the density of pristine fruit, youthful tannins and long, energetic finish. Though exuberant now, the 2014 Louise will reward your patience over the next 9 to 12 years.