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Domaine Combe Blanche Why Not? Pinot Noir 2018 IGP Pays de l'Hérault

(Code: COMB/WNPN/18)
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Domaine Combe Blanche Why Not? Pinot Noir 2018 IGP Pays de l'Hérault
Vintage
2018
Region Minervois
Colour/Style Dry red - full-bodied.
Grapes 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol (a.b.v)
15.0%
Food Grilled peppered steak or lamb, duck, game, pasta
Next day 
As good
Drink Now, or over to 2028
This deep, dark purple coloured wine certainly exhibits perhaps a whiff of Pinot Noir - but not as we know it, so don't expect a light, airy Burgundy look-alike! Temperatures in the hills above La Liviniere in the Minervois can be fiercely cold in winter - and fiercely hot in summer! And the aromas, flavours and texture of this wine are very definitely rooted in the warm south, with rich, ripe red and black fruits, more akin to something like a Primitivo from southern Italy, or a Grenache from the southern Rhone. The flavours are rich and ripe, but far from heavy, with velvety tannins, a touch of red cherry sourness and a decent lick of acidity making for something really quite balanced and more-ish. It is approachable now and whilst certainly no shrinking violet, I have enough experience of Guy Vanlancker's Pinots (going back to the mid-1990's) to know that this could turn into something rather different and ethereal in another 5 to 8 years. Either way, it's a rather intriguing wine, which keeps you coming back for another sip.