Here we share with you the latest news on Beau Marchais Winery from the wine press. While opinions vary among wine consumers and producers alike over the value of third party endorsements, we view it a bit differently. We’ve come to know many of the wine writers over the years, not as omniscient arbiters of what is good or bad, but as fellow wine lovers who share a common appreciation for the earnest effort to craft something memorable.
This new label is a collaboration between Adam Lee and the Rhône Valley’s Philippe Cambie. While not yet bottled, these are ripe, sexy, singular beauties well worth seeking out.
2019 Beau Marchais Clos Pepe Vineyard Ouest Pinot Noir 96+-94 Points — The 2019 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Ouest comes from a valley floor site in the Sta. Rita Hills and a cooler parcel in the vineyard that faces the Pacific Ocean. It was mostly destemmed (30-35% stems) clone 667 and Pommard and saw an extended maceration of 48 days. It offers more cassis, candied orange violets, and sappy herb notes to go with a gorgeously polished, medium to full-bodied, silky style on the palate that still carries plenty of vibrant acidity and fine tannins.
2019 Beau Marchais Clos Pepe Vineyard Est Pinot Noir 95-93 Points — From the same site yet from a slightly warmer, more sheltered section of the vineyard, the 2019 Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Est is similarly colored yet has a very different style, with huge notes of framboise, mulled strawberries, orange blossom, candied flowers, and incense all emerging from the glass. More ripe, powerful, and sexy on the palate, it doesn’t quite have the density of the Ouest cuvee, but it’s just about as sexy and opulent as Pinot Noir gets. Nevertheless, it has beautiful balance, notable underlying structure, and a great, great finish. If 12% or less alcohol Burgundy is your thing, this isn’t for you, but it’s going to be a stunning expression of Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir.
2019 Beau Marchais Soberanes Vineyard Pinot Noir 96-94 Points — Coming from a great site in the Santa Lucia Highlands, which is farmed by the Pisoni Family, the 2019 Pinot Noir Soberanes Vineyard sports a deep ruby/purple hue to go with rocking notes of black raspberries, toasted spices, flowery incense, and toasted bread. This is a ripe, exuberant yet also pure and seamless Pinot Noir that has wonderful fruit, a layered texture, and a great finish. This classic, ripe, sexy California Pinot Noir is going to deliver the goods right out of the gate.
Aaron Menenberg at Good Vitis has written a wonderful post on Beau Marchais Winery, describing in detail how our entire project came about. You can read it here: https://goodvitis.com/the-beautiful-virtual-wine-walk/