Buis d’Aps Pinot Noir
Buis d’Aps is a locality of the municipality of Alba La Romaine. The Pinot Noir is grown here on south facing hillsides with very good sun exposure in shallow clay-limestone soils akin to the terroir of Burgundy.
This cuvée is the result of a strict work in the vineyard and winery by winemaker Yohan Paulet. Early summer selective pruning limits the yield to 45hl/ha, which is hand-picked. After a long maceration of up to 3 weeks, 50% of the harvest is aged in 2-year-old oak barrels for 4-6 months, and then blended with the other 50% – with further ageing on fine lees in stainless steel.
Aromas of ripe fruit, especially cherry, and hints of spices and rounded and ample palate. An elegant wine of some depth and great character with silky tannins and slight oaky notes.
Air one hour before drinking to allow the aromas to express themselves.
Match with deli meats and cold buffets and will drink with many red and white meat dishes and cheese.
Drink in 3-4 years
About the Producer
Vignerons Ardechois – UVICA – is a co-operative situated near Ruoms on the right bank of the Rhone, west of Montelimar between Lyon and Avignon. Formed over 30 years ago it has bought together 23 smaller co-operatives from 23 villages. It is the largest single wine producer in the Rhone, representing 3,000 growers with 8,500 ha of vineyards. Annual production is over 500,000 hectolitres – mainly varietal IGP Ardeche (formally Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardeche) but also AOC wines of Cotes du Rhone, Coteaux du Tricastin and Cotes du Vivarias. EU funding and a growing awareness of modern vinification techniques have encouraged the Co-ops to invest in state of the art technology, actions from which they have clearly benefitted.