You will be forgiven for never having heard of the tiny French village of Irancy. Southwest of the town of Chablis, the village produces Pinot Noirs in a sea of Chablis’ Chardonnays. Domaine Colinot is a small, family-owned, 13ha estate, with excellent holdings in all the best regarded vineyards of Irancy. The estate also has a small amount of plantings of the rare César grape - which dates back to Roman plantings in the 11th Century.
The Irancy Vieilles Vignes, from 40-50 year old vines, is vinified without oak to preserve the natural freshness of the Pinot Noir grape. The bunches are destemmed before fermentation, to bring out all the softness and red fruit character of the grapes, without any woody or stemmy flavours. A very aromatic wine, with layers of soft red fruit and gentle tannins.