The Extreme Lightness of Being:
2020 Nival Pinot Noir "Les Entêtés"

Posted by Joe Salamone

In Montreal, this is one of the most coveted local bottles; in the U.S. it is the ultimate rarity.

The U.S. hasn't seen any wine from Nival since before the pandemic. We are thrilled to have the wines back and to be able to offer a small parcel.

photo of bottle of Nival Pinot Noir Les Entetes

For any lover of Pinot Noir, this is simply one of the most linear and silken expressions of the grape out there. It's a wine from the boundary region of viticulture, just outside of Montreal, that flaunts an extreme edgy finesse of detail and elegance.

Harvested in late September, this ballerina-of-a-Pinot Noir still has only 10.7% alcohol and feels simply gossamer in the mouth with a delicate, silken thread of fruit and spice. Extremely reticent upon opening, the wine takes 30+ minutes to begin to reveal its core of crushed red fruit, finely zested spices, soil tones, and an energetic mineral core.

As sheened and razor-sharp as this expression of Pinot Noir is, the mid-palate has an amazingly compact density to it, a concentration with the intensity of a laser.

Domaine du Nival was only founded in 2013; currently the father-and-son team (Denis and Matthieu) farm only three hectares. From the beginning, they have worked both organically and biodynamically.

The 2020 Pinot Noir "Les Entêtés" is a wine of extreme vigor and energy. This is a thrilling region we will be hearing much more about in the future.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
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