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Domaine De LAigle
AA3199

£24.35
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Description

Vintage - 2017

Country - France

Region - Languedoc-Roussillon

Grape Varieties - Pinot Noir 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Gérard Bertrand

Tasting notes - Aromatic Pinot Noir with bright notes of raspberry and cranberry accompanied by spicy top notes. Elegant and smooth on the palate, with exceptional structure and a long, silky finish.

ProducerNote

Gérard Bertrand is one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France. A

biodynamic pioneer, he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of

Languedoc-Roussillon and is formerly the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and former

winner of Wine Enthusiast‘s European Winery of the Year. Domaine de l’Aigle lies

under the cliff of Roquetaillade, near Limoux, close to a nesting site for Bonelli’s

eagles, a protected species from which the estate takes its name. The estate covers

31 hectares in the foothills of the Pyrenees, with vines planted between 250 and 500

metres above sea level, making it one of the highest vineyards in the Haute Vallée

de l’Aude. The sustainably grown vines thrive in an oceanic climate with continental

influences and wide temperature ranges which combine to produce wines with

startling freshness and exceptional minerality.

Vintage

2017 saw the growing season start with a cool and wet winter. It was a challenging

vintage in the Languedoc, notably due to spring frosts in April which damaged

many vineyards in the region. A warm summer helped to restore the vegetative cycle

and hotter periods encouraged the berries to reach good maturity levels. The

harvest was the earliest in recent years, with lower yields than usual, but high quality.

Vineyard

The Pinot Noir vines flourish in the climatic conditions of the Haute Vallée de l’Aude as

they are similar to those of Burgundy, where the variety originated. The oceanic

climate with continental influences, frequent rainfall and a wide temperature range

offer excellent conditions for gradual ripening, allowing the grapes to produce

concentrated fruit flavours, balancing acidity and complex aromas. The vines are

grown in compliance with the rules of sustainable agriculture set by Terra Vitis and

the grapes were hand-harvested.

Winemaking

The grapes were separated from the bunches and sorted thoroughly to remove all

stems and leaves. The fruit then underwent pre-fermentation cold maceration for five

to eight days, with frequent cap punching. In the early stages of fermentation, the

grape skins were punched-down, little by little, to ensure optimal extraction of

aromas and tannins; this was followed by stirring. The maceration process lasted

approximately three weeks. The must was then lightly pressed in a pneumatic

pressing machine, separating the free-run juice from the pressed juice. The free-run

juice was cooled for 24 hours and then 80% was transferred to French oak barrels for

nine months of malolactic conversion and ageing; the remainder was matured in

vat to retain the purity of fruit. The wines were then blended together after racking.

Delivery

Free Local Delivery – Live locally to one of our shops, give us a call, email & we can arrange delivery, If you place your order online we will contact you to arrange delivery.

Free UK Delivery- If you spend £250 or more with us.

£9.50 Per UK Delivery Address - from 1 bottle upwards for orders under £250. This is a next day service if ordered before 2.30pm.

Orders are usually despatched within 24 hours, to arrive with UK customers within 3 working days. If an item is temporarily out of stock, we will notify you of the delay and you may consider the following options:

  • We can despatch your order as soon as we receive new stock.
  • Choose an alternative that we have in stock.

Saturday and a.m. delivery can be requested for an extra fee.

We can deliver to Scottish Highlands, Isle of Wight, Northern Island and Europe etc. for an extra fee,

Free Click and Collect – Orders can be placed online or give us a call and we can get your order together ready for you to collect.

Any queries should be directed to the shop by telephone on 01522 544737 or email to enquiries@steephillwines.com.

Returns

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We cannot give refunds in the following cases:

  • Items returned after 28 days.
  • Damaged items not notified by telephone to us within 3 days.

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