Generally used in sparkling wine production, Pinot Meunier is rarely made as a straight table red wine. However, at Best's we have been producing small quantities of single varietal red wines from Pinot Meunier since the 1960s, with the vineyards and wines gaining cult like status (and loyal followers) along the way. This unique wine comes from our ‘Young Vine’ plantings of Pinot Meunier which were established in 1970- a century after our “old vine” plantings and grown from cuttings of those original vines. Although eminently drinkable now, previous examples of this wine prove that it will age gracefully for many decades if cellared correctly. It is light, but it is voluptuous, fresh and vibrant and delivers above its weight with silky, long lasting flavour. A must for your wine rack.
Although eminently drinkable now, previous examples of this wine prove that it will age gracefully for many years to come. Try this, if you can, in 5-10 years time.
"Hand-picked fruit, fermented in open-top fermenters with 25% whole bunches, basket pressed to French barriques (10% new), matured 8 months in barrel. Young is always a relative term at Best's – these 'young vines' were planted in 1971. An English garden of arresting aromatic scents, of violets, cranberry, cherry, plum, anise and sage. As always, quietly complex and fleshy, finishing firm in the embrace of fine tannins. Welcomes more time in bottle, as long as you might have." - Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)