If Pinot Noir was a person, it would be a diva. Temperamental, hard to work with and unpredictable, but when it’s on song there’s not a variety to match it in the world.
Many winemakers relish Pinot’s particular challenge and many have failed in the attempt. It needs a cooler than usual climate but enough sunshine to ripen and it’s more susceptible than most to disease and disaster. A staff favourite here is Paddy Borthwick’s “Paper Road”. If ever proof was needed that great red wines need not be big and beefy, this is it.
For many wine lovers, however, Pinot Noir means one thing; Burgundy. The homeland of mythological and (at their best) hauntingly beautiful wines is an idiosyncratic place with many vineyards that are smaller than your back garden. As a budget friendly introduction, look no further than Naudin Ferrand’s Hautes-Côtes de Beaune.
Yummy and exciting wine from Burgundy. A wonderful example of lush, ripe fruit from the most difficult region to achieve it. Silky, red cherry fruit cut with a dash of white pepper and finely balanced with supple tannins.
Traditional Burgundian techniques and minimal handling has produced a Pinot Noir from New Zealand with an intense bouquet of cherries and plums. This red wine has flavours of tobacco and spice complement a rich, silky palate with purity of fruit and finely integrated tannin structure.
A classic savoury Burgundy Pinot from the Cote Chalonnaise. Aromas to look out fro include forest floor and nutmeg. Its powerful strawberries and red-cherries are bolstered by languid, silky tannins with a lingering finish.
This is a stylish young Pinot Noir at a pinch for a Premier Cru. Sweet red fruit entice the nose, following through to an intense and exotic palate of raspberries and red berries with a long, lingering finish.