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Founded by Mark Tarlov (Evening Land) and originating in Burgundy, Maison L’Envoyé crafts this region’s wine trinity: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gamay Noir. Yet from this tenor of focus and commitment, a global fellowship emerged, with terroir-driven Pinot Noir as the linchpin. Driven by the elusive hunt for the world’s finest Pinot Noir sites, Maison L’Envoyé traverses the globe, presenting the many veils of regionality and winemaking style. Mark Tarlov has brought in the expertise of Louis-Michel Liger-Belair of Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair. Louis-Michel started his Burgundian Domaine in 2000 and is one of the brightest young stars in the region.
Maison L'Envoye has winemaking footprints in Burgundy, Willamette Valley, Central Otago, and Tasmania, Maison L’Envoyé champions many unsung growers who have farmed their vineyards for decades and generations, some mere feet away from more illustriously cited neighbors. Maison L’Envoyé has been a standout since launching in 2011 including Wine & Spirits naming it a ‘Winery To Watch’ in 2015.
The 2019 vintage was a defining vintage. The temperatures during the growing season were much cooler than normal so patience was key. Careful sorting and extensive fruit-dropping in the vineyard was necessary to ensure that the remaining fruit ripened to full maturity. The grapes were hand-sorted again once received into the winery to achieve optimal quality. With the cool conditions this year, the wines retain a wonderful acidity and great flavor development.
An indigenous, whole berry fermentation took place employing a gentle infusion technique to extract color and depth without excessive phenolics.
Aging: 12 Months in 35% New French Oak
Tasting Notes:100% Pinot Noir. Lifted aromas of red and dark berries, dried flowers, and herbs with touches of spice and woodsmoke. The palate fills the mouth with fleshy red fruits, cherry cola, and earthy layers. Gentle tannins provide a structured yet soft frame to the fruit which is kept in line by a satisfying minerality. The wine finishes long with clarity and focus.
Limpid ruby-red. Racy, mineral-accented red fruit, and floral pastille scents, along with suggestions of dried flowers, spicecake, and woodsmoke. A vein of zesty minerality provides focus and lift to pliant raspberry and cherry-cola flavors that flesh out and become sweeter with air. The spicy quality repeats strongly on the subtly tannic finish, which hangs on with excellent clarity and tenacity. ~92 Vinous Media
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Attaché has a core of warm raspberries, mulberries, and potpourri with hints of fallen leaves and dried sage. Medium-bodied, with a satisfying intensity of red fruit and earthy layers, it has a delicate frame of soft tannins and balanced freshness, finishing on an earthy note. ~90 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Trim and focused, with cherry and forest floor aromas and sleek, savory plum and mineral flavors that finish with polished tannins. Drink now through 2021. 1,000 cases made. ~90 Wine Spectator
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