INTERVIEW / Aurélien Valance
On the nose, you are spoiled with expressive notes of black pepper, rum cherry, violet, brooding plum, ripe raspberry, blackberry and a hint of eucalyptus leaf. Despite its youth, the wine shows remarkable hints of development in the form of smoked oak and freshly ground coffee beans. On the palate all you taste is pure velvet. The texture is voluptuous and brings the wine to life.
Domaine Tortochot embodies true devotion to terroir and Pinot Noir. Their vines are nearly 100 years old and sit on 300m altitude slopes. In the vineyard, there is an unwavering tenacity for organic farming practices and use of ambient factors.
The NV Brut Essential is an absolute delight, disgorged in 2015. Made from 88% Pinot noir and 12% Chardonnay, the grapes come from old vines with an average age of 35-40. On sight it possesses the brilliant, silky luster of tiger eye, a golden amber. My first thought was that this wine would be extremely oxidative and toasty but this was not the case.