Andrew Guard

2016 Vin de France Pinot Noir, Vini Viti Vinci

Again, produced from 100% Pinot Noir from the Northern area of Burgundy. This has lush perfume, sap and spice which  makes it eerily close to classic Burgundy. Still though, it's main emphasis is on fruitiness, freshness and crispness and the 8 months is spent maturing in old Burgundian barrels have merely served to frame it. This is wonderful wine - best enjoyed when you have a slight thirst and a friend is near. It's very tasty and the bottle will go quickly..

Nicolas Vauthier has been a big fan of non interventionist wines, and on the forefront of promoting the wines he loves, for many years. He created Aux Crieurs de Vin a wonderful natural wine bar/store/restaurant in the city of Troyes and ran it for ten years. Eventually, after being surrounded by so much good wine, good times and conversations, Nicolas decided he wanted to make some wine for himself.

After selling the wines from the best producers in France for years he had created a lot of goodwill amongst them and they were only to happy to help him get started with advice and work experience – Philippe Pacalet in Burgundy immediately comes to mind. What he has created is a micro “negoce” house in Avallon, in the northern part of Burgundy near Chablis.

All the wines are made with scrupulous attention to detail and are non-interventionist par excellence! Wonderfully vibrant fruity aromas, satin textures and a vibrant, mineral core characterise all the wines and as they are not from Burgundy heartland they are comparatively inexpensive.