Domaine Dirler-Cadé "Cuvée Luc" Pinot Noir 2017

Alsace, France

You won't find this gorgeous Pinot Noir anywhere else!

Ah, Alsace – the culture-straddling area in northeastern France bordering Germany. In a span of less than 75 years Alsace-Lorraine changed hands no less than four times. Everything about the region embodies rugged individualism and uniqueness. From the half-timbered houses, cuisine, even its language, Alsace embodies both Germanic and French influences alike.

Bordered by the Vosges mountains to the west and the Rhine river to the east, Alsace runs north to south along the mountainous slopes. These slopes are home to the prestigious vineyards that make the region so special.

Domaine Dirler-Cadé is the product of the merging of the two notable Alsatian dynasties of Jean Dirler and Ludivine Cadé. A staggering half of all their holdings are in Grand Cru-rated vineyards. Completely biodynamic since 1998, they use a lunar farming schedule and natural preparations in the vineyards, such as "teas" made from horsetail, chamomile, valerian, willow, and other natural components with restorative and preventative properties.

Their "Cuvée Luc" is elegant, fresh, and vibrant Pinot Noir at its best. Shimmering ruby in the glass, with a chorus of cranberry, crushed red flowers, hibiscus tea, a hint of cocoa nib, and red currants. The vines came from the Pommard clone from a single vineyard in Burgundy, a testament to its Burgundian echoes.

Totally natural, totally satisfying Pinot Noir, lovingly handmade by a small family, from one of most under-appreciated corners of France – for less than $30! Cheers!

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