Domaine Philippe Gilbert Menetou-Salon Rouge 2019

91 Wine Advocate

"The 2019 Menetou-Salon Rouge is sourced from five plots with 30-year-old vines on sedimentary clayey-limestone soils of the Kimmeridgian. The grapes are almost entirely destemmed, then macerated for three to four weeks in 90-hectoliter wooden truncated conical tanks before the wine spends its second winter in a cement tank. This is very much Pinot Noir on the nose, which is clear, perfectly ripe, fine and elegant, though still slightly reductive but deeper and more vinous than the youthful Préambule. Round, ripe and intense on the palate, this silky-textured and refreshing Pinot develops an intense redcurrant aroma and has a dense and sweet fruit core that leads to a long, dense and elegant cherry finish with port concentration and warm fruit aromas such as plums and black berries. However, the wine keeps its precision and terroir expression. The tannins are smooth, elegant, very fine and carry a beautifully balanced Pinot Noir from central France. Tasted in February 2021." -Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate


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Country: France

Region: Menetou-Salon, Loire Valley

Variety: Pinot Noir

Terroir: Sourced from 5 parcels covering 6.5 hectares (Le Champaloin in Vignoux, Les Chandelières and Davet in Menetou-Salon, and
Les Treilles and Le Clos des Morogues in Parassy); Kimmeridgian limestone clay soils; 30 year old average vine age

Winemaking: 70-80% destemmed; Spontaneou fermentation in 90-hectaliter tronconic wood foudres for 2-3 weeks; Aged 12 months in the foudres followed by 8-10 months in concrete vats

"The history that surrounds the Domaine Philippe Gilbert, located in the central French hamlet of Faucards, extends to the reign of Louis XV, when François Gilbert took over the vines of his father in law in 1768, and stretches through nine generations to the current vigneron, Philippe.

Philippe’s tortuous path to managing the 27 ha of vines inherited from his father, the first professional oenologist in the appellation, offers an inspiring lens into the resurgence of the too-often overshadowed Menetou-Salon appellation: Philippe was a successful dramaturg, producing and writing plays for the theatre – in fact, one of his creations, a poetic and philosophical contemplation of the horrors of the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia, was performed in the States – when his father’s impending retirement threatened the survival of the Gilbert family domaine. Having traveled the world and explored the intellectual side of the arts, he still felt the pull of the soils that his father worked for many years. His decisions to embrace biodynamic farming in the mid-2000’s, introduce horse ploughing to some parcels, and increase his focus on single-vineyard expression has transformed the domaine to the benchmark estate in the appellation." -Rosenthal Wine Merchant


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