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 Pinot Noir Wine

Pinot Noir is the red wine grape of Burgundy, now adopted (and feverishly studied) in wine regions all over the world. The variety's elusive charm has carried it to all manner of vineyards, from western Germany and northern Italy to Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand. It is the patriarch of the ‘Pinot’ family of grape varieties – so called because their bunches are similar in shape to a pine cone (pinot in French). Other members of this family include Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, Aligote and Pinot Noir's white-wine counterpart, Chardonnay.

Pinot Noir causes more discussion and dispute than any other grape, most of which centers around finding and describing the variety's 'true' expression. Examples from Santenay are undeniably different from those made on the other side of the world in Central Otago, and yet they are all unmistakably, unquestionably Pinot Noir. It takes a great deal of care and skill to make Pinot perform, and the results vary wildly from watery, acidic candy water to some of the richest, most intensely perfumed wines on Earth. This illusive perfection has earned the variety obsessive adoration from wine lovers all over the world.

Pinot Noir
A cluster of Pinot Noir

In Burgundy (Pinot's homeland), the traditional vigneron focuses more on soil and climate than on the qualities of the grape variety itself (this is, after all, the home of terroir). Even very subtle differences in terroir are reflected in Pinot Noir wines made there. There are clear and consistent differences between the wines of Volnay and Pommard, for example, even though the villages are separated by just one mile.

The effects of terroir aren't limited to Burgundy, of course – every region has its own particular terroirs, and these are reflected in its wines, particularly when it comes to terroir-sensitive varieties such as Pinot Noir. Although many winemakers in the New World attempt to emulate the Burgundy style, the 'new' Pinot regions in Oregon, Washington, California and New Zealand have their own individual expressions and interpretations of the variety.

The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of strawberry and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples), underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of undergrowth (sous-bois). Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, also exhibit notes of leather and violets, sometimes approaching the flavor spectrum of Syrah.

The question of oak in Pinot Noir winemaking is frequently raised, as are the length of fermentation and the option of a pre-ferment maceration (cold soak). Cooler temperatures lead to fresher fruit flavors, while longer, warmer fermentations and pigeage result in more extracted wines with greater tannic structure. In order to retain as much 'Pinot' character as possible, many producers have turned to biodynamic viticulture, avoiding the use of commercial fertilizers that may disrupt the variety's sensitive chemical balance.

Although Pinot Noir earns most of its fame from its still, red, varietal wines, the variety is also a vital ingredient in the production of sparkling white wines. For these, it can be used alone (to produce blanc de noirs), but is most commonly blended with its cousin Chardonnay, and other members of the Pinot family – most obviously Pinot Meunier in Champagne and Pinot Blanc in Franciacorta. The highly successful Pinot – Chardonnay sparkling-wine blend has been adopted by regions all around the world, in Europe, the Americas, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Synonyms include: Pinot Nero, Pinot Negro, Spatburgunder, Blauburgunder.

Popular blends include: Champagne Blend, Chardonnay – Pinot Noir, Gamay – Pinot Noir.

Food matches include:
Europe: Civet de lapin et lièvre (rabbit & hare stew); pappardelle pasta with a porcini ragù
Asia: Peking duck; seared pepper-crusted yellowfin tuna steak
Americas: Grilled salmon with roasted fennel; crumbed beef Milanesa
Australasia/Oceania: Harissa-marinated pork ribs; seared kangaroo and pinenut salad
Africa/Middle East: Fried chicken livers (sawda dajaj)


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Wine Name
Region 
Popularity
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Romanee-Conti $13,749 11
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache Grand Cru Monopole, Cote de Nuits, France La Tache $2,987 18
Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Richebourg $15,935 61
Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Chambertin Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Le Chambertin $1,254 68
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Richebourg $1,835 77
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Romanee-Saint-Vivant $1,414 78
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Echezeaux Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Echezeaux $1,097 94
Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Musigny Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Le Musigny $781 106
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Grands-Echezeaux $1,322 123
Belle Glos 'Meiomi' Pinot Noir, California, USA California $21 142
Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru Monopole, Cote de Nuits, France Clos de Tart $389 169
Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Le Musigny Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Le Musigny $1,117 177
Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Clos Saint-Jacques, Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru, France Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques $601 194
Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Cuvee Vieilles Vignes, Cote de Nuits, France Clos de la Roche $489 198
Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Bonnes-Mares $991 199
Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Chambertin Clos-de-Beze Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Chambertin Clos-de-Beze $1,224 206
Emmanuel Rouget Cros Parantoux, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru, France Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux $1,317 223
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Assortment Case, Cote de Nuits, France Cote de Nuits $11,846 256
Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Clos des Lambrays $161 261
Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Clos de la Roche $574 269
Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Bonnes-Mares $469 270
Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru, France Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux $7,682 279
Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Le Musigny $5,310 304
Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair La Romanee Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France La Romanee $2,788 310
Domaine Leroy Chambertin Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France Le Chambertin $3,283 313
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