Le Champ des Etoiles (‘field of stars’) is the handiwork of the talented Mark Hoddy – made in the image of top-notch Burgundy, but with a southern French twist – i.e. a seriously succulent ripeness that keeps you coming back for more.
It certainly got Gilbert & Gaillard judges reaching for another sip. They gave Mark’s Pinot a gold medal and this lovely tasting note: “Beautiful, sustained vibrant red appearance. Small ripe red fruit on the nose. On the palate, a fruity, crunchy, style. A wine for grilled meats and charcuterie.”
While on the hunt for just the right Pinot grapes for this special cuvée, Mark stumbled upon Torquebiau – a tiny vineyard in the Coteaux du Languedoc, close to the phenomenal Mas de Daumas Gassac estate. After Mark’s kid-glove treatment in the winery, the wine bursts with Pinot Noir’s characteristic red fruit aromas and flavors and signature silky texture. Look for ripe strawberry and red currant aromas, with hints of sweet spice. Juicy raspberry and white cherry unfold on the palate, with a refreshing finish.
Hurry for your share of this delicious, Burgundy-style Pinot. The 2017 vintage was a good one, but spring frosts made for a historically small harvest – you’ll have to be quick to get your taste.