Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pinot noir follow-up: Burn Cottage, 25 March 2012

2009 and 2010 Burn Cottage Pinot Noir, Central Otago
I wrote in the 18 March pinot noir blog that I hoped someone would start importing the pinots from this new Central Otago producer. Well, Caves de Pyrène is importing them and has the two vintages that have been released so far, 2009 and 2010. For me, the 2010 has the edge, but both wines are excellent – lovely, lifted, cherry, spice and orange pomander aromas; very elegant, silky and long, with a delicate underlay of oak. The 09 has developed a subtle, savoury, gamey note. The estate, owned by Americans Marquis and Dianne Sauvage, is in the foothills of the Pisa range and the first plantings were in 2003. They now include a little grüner veltliner and riesling and everything is farmed biodynamically. The winemaker is Ted Lemon, the burgundy-trained ex-manager of Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault and owner of Littorai in Sonoma.
£31.00, Les Caves de Pyrène