Pinard et Filles "Novembre" Quebec Red 2020Regular price $41.00 Save $-41.00
Grape: Marquette, Frontenac Noir, Petite Perle
Vineyard Size: 2.20 hectares
Average Age of Vines:
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: whole cluster, spontaneous fermentation of Marquette and Frontenac Noir with indigenous yeasts, direct press of Petite Perle
Aging: in stainless steel
Added S02: none
This is a primeur wine, basically the category that Beaujolais Nouveau has made famous, making a wine just a few months after the grapes were picked, using carbonic maceration. The comparisons with most Beaujolais Nouveau stop there. And, please, whatever superstition you may have about the 2020 vintage, remember wine is about transformation! In this wine 2020 tastes pretty fantastic, somehow. Blueberry and crackling, lively lip-smacking energy, with aromas of violets and rain-kissed rose petals. Very light, ethereal, and a little gamey, it was dangerously quaffable.
I was concerned this might not be able to hang with the duck breast I was searing and the creme de cassis reduction to accompany it, but the wine had enough earthy crunch and vibrant focus that it was fantastic with the duck. The playful, raw purity of the wine was thrilling. It had a tension and vulnerability that primeur doesn't typically express. Where most are simple and easy, this was unique, nervy and layered while sacrificing nothing in the way of freshness. But mostly it had a youthful hope that felt new and exciting, and what could be more refreshing than that?
Made from a mix of organically-farmed Marquette, Frontenac Noir, Petite Perle, zero sulfur added. [Jonathan Kemp, February 2021]