Georges Duboeuf Ecusson Pinot Noir 2020 ~ Languedoc-Roussillon, France
87/100 Wine Spectator (2017 Vintage)
Wine Spectator "Juicy and bright, featuring flavors of wild cherry and currant mixed together with spice, dried herb and mineral. Light-bodied and fresh, offering tangy acidity and modest tannins. Drink now through 2020" (2017 Vintage)
Wine.com "With an elegant and luscious mouth-feel, the fruit-forward palate has notes of spice from a subtle touch of French oak. Unctuous and delicious through the finish." (2017 Vintage)
Dame Wine "Wild strawberries that give rich red fruit flavors and has baking spices interwoven with the lush body with a fresh finish." (2017 Vintage)
The Winemaker “The Pinot Noir has a deep ruby colour. Full-bodied and hearty, it reveals fresh fruit aromas, such as Morello cherries. Its silky tannins and length make it a very well-balanced wine.” (2017 Vintage)
This wine is produced by Les Vins Georges Duboeuf which is one of the largest wine producers in France founded by the late Georges Duboeuf who was affectionately known as 'le roi du Beaujolais' (the king of Beaujolais) or sometimes pape du Beaujolais (Pope of Beaujolais).
Les Vins Georges Duboeuf produces a staggering 3 million cases of wine annually. The company is most well-known for its popularization and production of Beaujolais wines. In 2018 Georges’ passed control of his company to his son Franck Duboeuf, who is considered to be one of the key specialists in Beaujolais, its terroir and its wine, and has shifted production to focus more on Beaujolais Nouveau.
Languedoc-Roussillon is a hugely important and historic wine region that produces over a third of French wine each year. The output of Languedoc Roussillon exceeds that of the entire United States, and has hundreds of thousands of acres under vine, growing a wide range of both red and white grapes. Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the oldest and most important wine regions in the world, with a history that stretches back millennia to the ancient Greeks, who adored its warm and humid Mediterranean climate which is ideal for viticulture.
Pinot Noir is the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now produced in wine regions all over the world, including western Germany, northern Italy, Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand.
The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of strawberry and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples), underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of forest floor. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, also exhibit notes of leather and violets, sometimes approaching the flavor spectrum of Syrah