Armand Heitz Coteaux Bourguignons 2015
Pinot Noir｜Burgundy, France
The domaine of Armand Heitz traces its lineage in Burgundy to 1857, when Armand Heitz's great-great-grandfather, Georges Lochardet, acquired small plots of prestigious vines across Burgundy. After the ravages of phylloxera (the notorious root aphid that destroyed vines across the world in the late 19th century), the Lochardet family sold off a great majority of land, retaining just the very best plots. Their vineyards are farmed biodynamically (organics taken to the next level) and natural processes used throughout the cellar.
With a deep crimson core and ruby highlights, it belies its nearly-seven years bottle age. On the nose it's indisputably Burgundian Pinot, with a darker twist: classic dry leaf aromas meld into tobacco notes, black plum, cola, and mulberry. The palate does not disappoint, following through with that dark cherry-cola aspect, warm spices of cinnamon and clove, soft leather and burnished tannins. Super suave from beginning to end, only getting better with air.
Fans know the 2015 vintage is top-notch and this Pinot just now seems to be coming into its own. Our only regret is that there's so little to go around – we're not even keeping any for ourselves!
For many years, they sold fruit to the local co-ops or maisons – for years Maison Drouhin bought all of their production until Armand's mother, Brigitte, decided to begin making wine under the family's own label. From the beginning, Brigitte envisioned biodynamic farming for her familial vines, a practice that continues to this day. And the quality shows! This is a pitch-perfect Pinot with some serious provenance, a history going back 164 years, and a four-generation connection to the land.
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