Made from 10 different clones (mostly the newer Dijon clones imported from Burgundy) and sourced mainly from a 0.1ha block planted to a density of 10,000 vines per hectare, the Pinot Noir Tête De Cuvée is Picardy's flagship wine and what a beauty it is.
In the winery, 30% whole bunches are used to give the wine both structure and complexity and the wine is matured in a judicious combination of new to four-year-old barriques for 10 months. Released a year after the Pinot of the same year, this is full of dark fruits, spice and the sort of tannin and structure you see in top-flight Burgundy. Decant this now or enjoy watching this unfurl over at least the next 7-10 years.
Roses, blueberries and dried, woody spices abound in this top selection of Picardy pinot. The palate has an assertive stance with plenty of tannin building into a supple, smooth-honed, red-cherry finish.
93 points, JamesSuckling.com (April 2020)
Medium red colour with the faintest purple tinge. The bouquet is intensely spicy and shows some oak, while the palate is light-bodied and also quite intense, with brightness and savouriness. There's a touch of grip and a hint of bitterness which is pleasing, as it helps cleanse and firm up the finish. Good length. An attractive wine.
92 points, The Real Review (December 2019)