David Large, Poltergeist Pinot Noir
Rich, ripe nose of sweet black licquorice, black plum and cherry. The palate is firm and intense, with sweet red fruits, delicate purple flowers, sweet acidity, and young, fresh tannins. A serious, powerful Pinot Noir.
Grapes: Pinot Noir
Place: Beaujolais, France
David Large is a young vigneron based in Montmelas, south-west Beaujolais. Here his family have been winegrowers since 1840. Initially, he started working for them, but then went on a pilgrimage to the Rhône, working for the likes of Chapoutier and Guigal. Here he discovered an affinity for biodynamic farming. He returned to Beaujolais and since 2012 he has been at the helm of his own Domaine. In 2019 Célia joined him as co-producer and they have together gone from strength to strength. They now have 8.5 hectares of vines, mostly Beaujolais-Villages but also with some crus. When required they supplement these with some negociant grapes. Farming is organic. All Gamay fermentations are whole bunch, and they frequently use semi-carbonic maceration. David is big into music, film and comics, and there’s always some form of popular culture element to his labels, which he does himself. While the wines are packaged in a playful way, they are certainly serious. The BTMBL is the latest incarnation of cuvée JP-10.