I had intended on holding on to Champ Divin Pinot Noir 2010 for a year or so. But whilst perusing thru my wine bar rack, I somehow managed to drop it. The bottle grazed the top of my stone Buddha statue and made a loud cracking sound. It didn’t break, and although I couldn’t see any visible signs of damage to the glass, I thought it best to not take any chances and just enjoy it that evening.
Champ Divin was founded in 2008 by Valerie and Fabrice Closset-Gaziaux. Previously they had worked in Africa and Northern France advising and assisting organic and biodynamic vineyards. The estate is located in Jura which is a small area between Burgundy and the Swiss border. The somewhat isolated nature of the area has created a fortress of traditional winemaking methods; Jura wines are renowned for their reputation of purity and preservation of the environment. Valerie and Fabrice practice both organic and biodynamic methods; all processes are done by hand, the vineyard is protected with essential oils and other biodynamic preparations, only natural yeasts are used in fermentation, and sulphur is strictly limited or absent entirely during vinification. Their “humanist” viticulture philosophy is “passion through wine”, bestowing “a human character to the wines” thereby allowing the wines to flourish.
Dark ruby in colour, delightfully contrasting aromas of cinnamon dusted sugar cookie and gamey truffles radiated from the glass. Backed by firm tannins, lush blackberry and raspberry flavours were joined by undertones of rich, earthy mushroom notes in the medium body. Spicy black pepper, dried cherry and hints of anise comprised the lengthy finish. Splendidly rustic and well balanced, this is a thoughtful glass that enjoys conversation and all types of gamey cheeses.
100% Pinot NoirCôtes du Jura
Bottled by Fabrice Closset
Enjoy now thru 2015