Thursday, February 12, 2009

Patriarche Pére & Fils Pinot Noir Reserve 2005

The grape that made Burgundy famous, Pinot Noir has long been one of my favourites. It has a reputation for being difficult to cultivate, but excellent when successfully managed. I've no idea whether that's true, but I do find it less reliable than some other grapes, particularly if price is factored into the equation. So, this wine is a particularly excellent find.

Its nose is lush and perfumed, mostly of violets, spices, fruit, and menthol. It is light and full on the palate, and moderately long. I guessed it was an Oregon Pinot, from which I conclude that it exhibits significant New World character. It is much more perfumed than fruity or earthy.

Price: $15.49
Score 86
Value 4.5/5
Region: Pays d'Oc, France
Grape: Pinot Noir
Tasted: Feb 2009
Alcohol: 12.5%
UPC: 3040072153034


  1. i really enjoyed this wine and i would have scored it a little higher - maybe 88. perhaps it was just my surprise that a cheapish french product was actually very good.

  2. Interesting point. I agree that it's in the very high percentile range for $15 French wine, and particularly Pinot Noir.