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.
A wonderfully elegant yet powerful Pinot Noir. Wonderful dark ripe sweet cherry fruits abound on the palate, leading to a long finish with hints of spice. Absolutely delicious. This outstanding female led property produces wines for us from such notable appellations as Corton and Savigny lès Beaune. One of many Vegan friendly red wines available from Wines Direct.
Claude has brought this property, which has always been simply majestic, onto an even higher level. She has done this by creating a seductive Pinot Noir which is fruity and tempting in both taste and price. Fine, pure black cherries with a great structure leads to a rich and long finish. One of many Vegan friendly red wines available from Wines Direct.