Wines of BOUTINOT INTERNATIONAL PORTFOLIO
Country : France
Region : Languedoc
Style : Red Wine
Grape : Pinot Noir
Volume : 750 ml
Alcohol : 13.0%
Le Fou’ translates as ‘The Madman’, as it has long been thought only a madman would try to produce the perfect Pinot Noir in southern France. Perfection achieved, myth dispelled.
An unique take on Pinot Noir from two growers' plantings in the sun drenched vineyards of the Southern Languedoc. Picked at optimum ripeness, balancing phenolics and acidity then cool vinified to enhance the fresh fruit flavors. No oak was used to keep this wine as pure and sensual as possible.
Fuller than Pinot Noir from Burgundy, it has a warm, rich nose with aromas of black cherry compote. The palate is nicely balanced with an exciting, savory streak provided by ripe, tasty tannins.
Served slightly chilled, Le Fou is lovely with grilled lamb, cold meats, wild mushroom risotto or home-baked ham.
About the Winemakers:
Samantha Bailey discovered a love for wine after spending time in France as part of her BA University curriculum which included a work placement in Beaune. From then on, wine became a big part of her life.
After graduating she gained a position in the marketing department of the prestigious, UK-based The Wine Society, before joining Boutinot in 1990 and moving to France learn the trade.
At first, she focused entirely on French wine, but she was soon looking at South Africa, then Australia, Chile, Argentina, California, New Zealand…and more as the company grows. Though she enjoys exploring new regions and wines, she admits to having a soft spot for South Africa, “especially Chenin and Sauvignon”.
Guillaume Letang, native of Burgundy, or more specifically the outskirts of Chablis, it’s safe to say he was born into wine and therefore it was totally natural that he chose to become a winemaker in his teens. He completed his basic studies first, followed by a degree in Oenology, all undertaken in Burgundy, which explains his natural affinity for Pinot Noir and deep love of Chardonnay.
His first job was more cellar rat than winemaker, but he was exposed to what life could be like during the harvest while completing a vintage in Beaujolais. After that brief experience it became a serious pursuit, and Guillaume racked up an impressive résumé of winemaking experience in Chablis (William Fèvre), Côte de Beaune (Château de Santenay), the Beaujolais area (Saint Amour, Moulin à Vent…), and Languedoc Roussillon (Ile de Porquerolles).
After eight years spent as a cellar master in the south of Burgundy, he became a wine consultant, specialising in wines from the Maconnais along with the Crus of Beaujolais.