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The Society's French Pinot Noir 2023

3.714290000 star rating 7 Reviews
A pinot to delight the senses: fresh, round and fruity with a hint of cherry and plenty of charm. Best drunk a little cool. Much of it is sourced from around Limoux which works well in years of heatwaves.
Price: £8.50 Bottle
Price: £102.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: FC46861

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Light to medium-bodied
  • Pinot Noir
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2027
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Screwcap

Les Vins Aujoux

This is the source of the bulk of our Beaujolais for the last 50 years, and many members will also have tried the fruits of The Society’s work with this excellent Beaujolais-based négoce in the form of our bestselling white wine, The Society’s White Burgundy, sourced from the Mâcon.

Dealing with a négociant allows The Wine Society to pick and choose, often blending together from different estates in order to end up with a wine that is better than any of its parts.

Négoces have had a huge part to play in the recent history of Beaujolais, some of it not so good but some of it very positive. For all its apparent simplicity, Beaujolais is a complicated region that is often the victim of its own capricious climate with late frosts and violent hailstorms a common recurrence.

The one name that stands out for us is Dépagneux: Jean Dépagneux was the last of this illustrious merchant family who, with his partners, bought up a list of ailing names such as Aujoux, which had made its name selling Beaujolais to the once profitable Swiss market. Jean retired about a dozen years ago and his place was taken by a young and talented oenologist from Viré called Jean-Marc Darbon. One consequence of the change has been the meteoric rise in the quality of The Society’s White Burgundy.

Since 2002 Les Vins Aujoux have operated an office in the Languedoc-Roussillon in the deep south of France, sourcing a range of wines.

The Observer

Pinot has a tendency to be either transcendently amazing – luxuriously silky in texture, ethereally byzantine in its aromatics – or borderline undrinkable. When it comes to making consistent, affordable,...
Pinot has a tendency to be either transcendently amazing – luxuriously silky in texture, ethereally byzantine in its aromatics – or borderline undrinkable. When it comes to making consistent, affordable, good quality wines from vintage to vintage it’s nowhere near as reliable as malbec, cabernet sauvignon or shiraz. All of which makes a good, unpretentious bottle such as The Society’s Pinot Noir – a sappy, red-fruited thirst-quencher for under a tenner – a deliciously rare achievement.
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