Domaine Saint Nicolas Pinot Noir 2016
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Drinking a Saint Nicolas is not about sniffing aromas. It's more about mouthfeel, vitality, finesse and elegance, as well as mineral tension and the Atlantic breeze you can feel in all of Thierry's wines. They are silky and elegant, and never overly concentrated or too rich. ~ Stephen Reinhardt (Wine Advocate)
Item ID: #26865
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Drinking a Saint Nicolas is not about sniffing aromas. It's more about mouthfeel, vitality, finesse and elegance, as well as mineral tension and the Atlantic breeze you can feel in all of Thierry's wines. They are silky and elegant, and never overly concentrated or too rich. ~ Stephen Reinhardt (Wine Advocate)

Domaine Saint Nicolas

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Domaine Saint NicolasFor Thierry Michon, the gregarious force behind one of the Loire's best-kept secrets, Domaine Saint Nicolas, it's all about the soil. Working on schist and silex a stone's throw away from the Atlantic, Thierry is the prophet of biodynamics in this tiny viticultural area. His vineyards never see a non-organic product. He has slowly purchased buffer zones all around his property to prevent chemical products from other winemakers from seeping into his parcels. For him, biodynamics isn't a pragmatic consideration, it's a religion.

Domaine Saint Nicolas sits at the extreme southern end of the Loire delta, just south of Muscadet, but there is no Melon de Bourgogne planted here. Instead, Thierry works old vines of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Groslot, Pinot Noir, Negrette, and Cabernet Franc. If you think working 40 hectares biodynamically (certified by Biodyvin) is easy, you're crazy. Working by horse and tractor, Thierry usually answers his cell phone from the vineyard, often as late as 10:00 at night. You will not find a more dedicated vigneron in France.

Harvest is, of course, by hand. The whites pass through a sorting table and are then gently pressed and allowed to ferment in large wooden tanks. The reds are sorted and then crushed by foot in foudre. The whites and rosés are released as early as March of the year after harvest while many of the reds are aged for up to 18 months.

One of the few in the area to age in barrel, Thierry's years of hard work are starting to pay off. For years he worked all week in the vines and then took off on Friday afternoons for the 5 hour drive to Paris. From the back of his truck he sold his wines to restaurants and small shops. When the wines starting showing up on the lists of Guy Savoy, Taillevent, and Arpège, people starting paying attention. Now he is a leader of the biodynamics movement in France, the defender of his little appellation, and one of France's most respected winemakers. These are soulful wines of amazing purity.

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Matt

EMPIRE STAFF REVIEW

Not your average Pinot Noir

"Not what you expect from your everyday Pinot Noir. This biodynamic stunner comes from the southwest of the Loire right on the shores of the Atlantic. With floral and slight herbal aromas on the nose this wine proves upon opening that it is much more than the overly extracted fruit bombs from the new world. It is a true expression of the terrior, with dry cherries and forest floor on the palate and a long elegant finish. The winemaker, Thierry Michon was so obsessed with biodynamic farming that he bought up all of the land sourounding his vineyard to insure there were no chemically corrupted vines remotely close to his own. Although this wine is terrific on its own, it would go great with winter beef stew or a venison roast."

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