Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy’s Côte d’Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey “sous-bois” nuances emerging.

Great examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir’s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. California, Oregon and other wine regions are also now producing some noteworthy Pinot Noirs as well.

We have many great Pinots in our warehouse…many from Burgundy, but we also have good representations of the grape from Oregon, California, the Loire and Champagne. This week we have picked a few of our best examples of Pinot from Burgundy, throwing in some favorites from the Loire and California as well.

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