Our wine of the week is a new addition to the range: Magellan Pinot Noir by Bruno Lafon. It’s a Mediterranean take on the variety, based in the Côtes de Thongue in the Languedoc.
The name of the winery comes from the local village of Magalas. Bruno Lafon and his sister Sylvie Legros bought the vineyards in 1999. Their brother, Domninique oversees the famous Comtes Lafon estate in Burgundy.
The Languedoc has great potential, and has some great vineyards. It also enjoys less regulation than the rest of France. This affords winemakers the opportunity to experiment and innovate.
Bruno sources the grapes for his Pinot Noir from the cool climate of Limoux. This region is known for great quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir performs best in a cooler climate. The Mediterranean sea breezes help, but the key in Limoux is the altitude.
The Magellan is fresh and light. The aromas are of delicate red berry and rose petal, cherry, liquorice and spice. It would pair well with pork chops.