2006 Domaine Philippe Gilbert Menetou-Salon Rouge

SKU #1038033

Pinot Noir is enjoying unprecedented success both in the press and the hearts of adorning wine lovers all over the world. Never before have we had so many outstanding wines to sample from so many countries and regions all over the world. Here we have one of the best bottles of late from a small region Menetou-Salon in the Loire Valley of France with a long history of growing and producing Pinot Noir. You will not find many bottles of this caliber at even twice the price, this is truly lovely, elegant wine. After a long fermentation in vats, the wine-making process lasts 30 days, including five days of cold maceration. With its sharp bouquet and deep red color with purplish glints, this red develops fresh aromas of bright red fruits, spice and floral hints. Its texture is full-bodied and suave with wonderful balance and a silky mineral infused finish which brings to mind good village Burgundy. This will drink well for 10+ years. (Jeff Vierra K&L Wine Merchants)

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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2008 | Send Email
A surprisingly distinct bottle. The Loire valley is famous for sauv blanc, but this pinot noir is a knock out. Refreshingly different from it's counterparts throughout the world, the bright red fruit is overwhelming and delicious. The acidity is supple and juicy, but retains it's most refined elegance thanks to the full-bodied structure. Whether you love pinot noir or not, try this out for something spectacular and different.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.