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Bassus Pinot Noir 2017

Bassus Pinot Noir

2017
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PEÑÍN

Bassus is pure Mediterranean elegance, delighting the drinker with pomegranate, redcurrants and wild...

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£ 19.84

/ btl 0.75 L

Details for Bassus Pinot Noir 2017

Producer

Alcohol content

13.5%

Bottle size and vintage

0.75 L - 2017

Review

Bassus is pure Mediterranean elegance, delighting the drinker with pomegranate, redcurrants and wild strawberries over a creamy background. Its red colour, somewhere between cherry and ruby-coloured, gives a clue to its unctuous and velvety feel on the palate. A taste of pepper and cloves reminds us of its time ageing in wood and add complexity to the mouth, while its precise acidity gives an unusual degree of verticality to the natural volume shared by Mediterranean wines. New aromas appear as each moment goes by. A suggestive creamy note reminds us of white school erasers whereas warmer spices such as cinnamon and vanilla add to its identity. Its majestic character is not founded on its time in wood, but on fresh, complex, and even balsamic, fruit. Flavoursome on the cheeks, it seems to hide its fine tannicity among reminiscences of ripe red fruit and liquorice. As it stands in the glass, aromas of flowers and scrubland appear, bringing to mind the elegance of chalky soils and strong continental climate changes found in inland Mediterranean regions.

Produced from the only Pinot Noir vineyard in Utiel-Requena, the wonderful Bassus wine is proof that its three winemakers were right. Their daring decision to plant this evasive French variety here was more than bravery, it was also a reflection on their extensive knowledge of vines and winemaking. Techniques commonly used in the Côte d'Or such as cold pre-maceration and punching down in open barrels extract colour, aroma, and fine tannins from the Pinot Noir's fine skins, making Bassus the most Burgundy-like of all the Utiel-Requena wines.

Small game dishes / Roasted duck / Grilled swordfish

  • Soil:Limestone
  • Climate:Mediterranean with continental influence
  • ViewRuby-red glints / Cherry red
  • Bouquet:Balsamic notes / Fresh fruit / Liquorice / Pepper / Clove
  • Mouth:Elegant / Flavoursome / Fine tannins
  • Optimum serving temperature:Between 14ºC and 16ºC
  • Drinking and storing:Drink now or keep until 2025

Customer reviews

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by: Alistair McPhail (31 Jul) - Vintage 2017

Pinot perfection

Lovely Pinot Noir. Different from old world Pinots and more akin to new world Pinots. Lovely

by: erik de haan (23/12/2019) - Vintage 2017

Not your usual Pinot noir

Full-bodied and fruity more similar to a bobal than a pinot noir. Excellent drinking with a good meal. Highly recommended.

by: XL Wines (11/04/2019) - Vintage 2016

Intenso

Vino largo, profundo y muy intenso. Uno de los buenos pinot noir españoles, bastante mejor que los mediocres franceses. Merece la pena.

by: J. Crayston (11/02/2019) - Vintage 2016

Un pinot noir plein de gout

Il y a quelques années quelqu'un m'a recommandé d'acheter Bassus Pinot Noir. Chaque année j'en achète. Comme d'habitude il est plein de gout, mais j'ai remarqué qu'il ne s'exprime pas beaucoup au début. Donc je suggere qu'il faut l'ouvrir bien en avance et de le mettre en carafe.

by: erik de haan (19/03/2018) - Vintage 2015

Great wine

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