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Pinot noir “the youngster” – La Liberté 2011 from Pierre Cros

25 March 2013, by Sebastian Nickel

Pinot noir La Liberté Pierre Cros 2011

A Pinot noir from the South, growing in a rocky place called “Les Aspres”, which means “arid” in Catalan. I promise that he doesn’t smell like a Pinot from the north. It’s not an substitute for Burgundy wines and you still will find many reasons to purchase wine from the vineyards around Beaune…

The wine has its peculiar style, its own character. A lot of fruit, Kirsch, black and red currant… a slight smell of yeast, pastry, vanilla and cinnamon. A couple of months of ageing in used oak barrels might be the reason for this. I have always been impressed by the ardour and power of this Pinot, without getting heavy or thick. Some vintages may present a little warmth, but not this 2011.

After 24 hours of opening, the wine still tastes very well: powerful fruit, sweet spices and some fresh green aromas, as well as a very high “drinkability”.
In its youth, this Pinot noir is THE perfect wine for a Saturday lunch or a Tuesday night dinner! But you may as well leave it in your cellar for several years. You’ll be surprised…



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