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Le Champ des Etoiles Pinot Noir 2014
Pays d’Oc IGP, France

That's Entertainment! (1974)
12/22/15 @ 1:45am ET

“More stars than there are in heaven” is how MGM billed its amazing stable of talent under contract in the 1930s and 1940s. Enjoy this wine whose name translates as “Field of Stars” while watching the great stars of MGM’s first 50 years in That's Entertainment! The rapid pacing of this compilation film – featuring highlights from 84 musical numbers – keeps it as light and fresh as a vibrant Pinot Noir.

THE WINE

Le Champ des Etoiles (translation: ‘field of stars’) is a ripe, juicy Pinot Noir from prime southern French vineyards and the super-talented Mark Hoddy. While on the hunt for just the right Pinot fruit for this special cuvée, he stumbled upon Torquebiau – a tiny vineyard in the Coteaux du Languedoc, close to the phenomenal Mas de Daumas Gassac estate. After kid-glove treatment in the winery, Le Champ bursts with characteristic red fruit aromas and flavors, along with that signature silky texture Pinot fans prize to highly – lovely served lightly chilled with meaty fish.

THE GRAPE

Pinot Noir’s heartland is the Côte d’Or region of Burgundy, but brilliant examples can also be found in Oregon, California, New Zealand and (of course) southern France. Its characteristics change depending on its origins, though strawberry fruit, soft tannins, light color and fresh acidity are found in almost all young Pinot Noir. Yours has a slightly more vibrant color and a juicy ripeness, thanks to the warm, Mediterranean climate. Pays d’Oc IGP, France
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THE REGION

Recently in Wine Spectator, French wine making iconoclast Michel Chapoutier agreed strongly when asked if the Languedoc was France’s next great region for red wine. “Oh, I am absolutely certain about that,” he said. It’s no wonder top Burgundy houses like Louis Latour and Bouchard Aîné et Fils have headed south to take advantage. And you’ve got insider access, thanks to Mark!

WITH FOOD

In Burgundy, the classic match for Pinot would be boeuf bourguignon, a traditional beef stew made with red wine and cognac. In the Languedoc, they love to hunt, so locals would sip it with juicy venison or boar dishes. It’s also delicious with richer fish like salmon. When the weather’s warm, chill the wine for 30 minutes to draw out its vibrant cherry character and mouthwatering acidity.

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