Agathe has become quite a celebrated source for Pinot Noir, as her tiny production is one of the most sought after in all of Alsace. I rang the freak out bell from the first time I tasted the inaugural 2015 bottling of this cuvée, and many of you got to see what I was talking about…..seriously good. The ’20 is at once quite intense in its presentation of dark red fruits, spice, a bit of oak (she sources used barrels from Jean-Claude Ramonet of Burgundy), but then wonderfully filigrée and long, finishing more on finesse, rising perfume, and lingering limestone driven minerality. This is plain excellent, but unfortunately quite limited this year. A little * awarded here.
“Bright ruby-red. Aromas and flavors of ripe red fruit bordering on the overripe (gelatin and jam), plus a healthy dusting of sweet spices. Big, rich, dense Pinot Noir with a lovely tactile, suave mouthfeel. Finishes long and delicately spicy. This lieu-dit is characterized by very little topsoil, and a subsoil of limestone and a little bit of marl.” 91 Ian D’Agata for the 2016, NOT THE 2020 OFFERED HERE