Domaine Grosbot-Barbara St. Pourcain La Chambre d'Edouard 2018
A rarely seen 100% Pinot Noir from the small AOC of Saint-Pourçain nestled in the oak forests of Allier about 60 miles south of Sancerre. This is a cool growing region, but 2018’s dry, warm and very sunny allowed grower/winemaker Denis Barbara to turn out a stunning value Pinot Noir that should thrill any fan of Burgundy, Oregon Pinot Noir, or Cru Beaujolais.
Denis Barbara farms several separate parcels of land totaling 6.5 hectares. Two thirds of his production is in white wine. In 2001 a Pinot Noir-loving friend of vigneron Denis Barbara elected to sleep through the night in Pinot Noir tank number seven, then empty, of Denis’ new winery. Now his 100% Pinot Noir cuvee is nicknamed “La Chambre d’Edouard” (Edward’s room.)