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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a red grape variety renowned for its finesse, complexity and ability to produce some of the world's most sought-after wines. It is a thin-skinned, temperamental variety that is both difficult to grow and make into wine, but it is also highly rewarding when done right.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Pinot Noir grapes have a deep blue-black colour and are known for their delicate aromas of red berry and tart cherries, as well as more earthy notes of mushrooms and forest floor. On the palate, Pinot Noir wines offer a mix of ripe fruit flavours, ranging from red cherry, raspberry, strawberry and plum to more savoury flavours like herbs, spice and earthiness.

Fresh Pinot Noir grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Pinot Noir is grown in many countries around the world, although it is most famously associated with its origins in Burgundy, France. In France, it is also a key player in Champagne and Alsace. It is also grown extensively in the New World countries of the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Chile, as well as in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Luxembourg. Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult grape to grow, requiring cool climates and well-drained soils. It is prone to a variety of vine diseases, so careful vineyard management is essential to ensure successful yields. In the winery, it is known for its ability to produce wines of great complexity and finesse, but it is also sensitive to winemaking techniques and can easily be overwhelmed by oak and other winemaking practices. Besides dry red wines, Pinot Noir is also a versatile grape for premium sparkling wine, rosé wine, and sometimes still white wine. Pinot Noir produces a wide range of styles, depending on where it is grown. In Burgundy, it is characterised by delicate, elegant wines with subtle aromas of red fruit and earthiness. In the New World, it is often more fruit-forward and intense, with rich notes of ripe cherries, raspberries and spices. Pinot Noir is an incredibly versatile food wine, capable of pairing with a wide variety of dishes. It works particularly well with grilled meats, wild game, pork, salmon and mushrooms. It can also be enjoyed with lighter dishes like salads and vegetarian dishes.

Foods to pair with Pinot Noir:

Pasta
Curry
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Salad
Fun Fact about Pinot Noir
The name Pinot may come from the French word "pin", for its pine cone shaped clusters.

Top Wines with Pinot Noir

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Meiomi Pinot Noir

Meiomi

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Meiomi Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied red wine from California. With lush aromas of ripe cherry, strawberry, and mocha, it has a rich and silky texture that leads to a long, lingering finish. The flavors are of ripe raspberry, cranberry, blackberry, and clove, with subtle hints of oak. It is a well-crafted, balanced and easy drinking wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes.
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Veuve Clicquot Brut (Carte Jaune) Champagne

Veuve Clicquot

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Veuve Clicquot Brut (Carte Jaune) Champagne is a renowned sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region of France. This champagne is crafted by a prestigious house known for its expertise in winemaking. The vineyards used for this wine are located in the Champagne appellation, known for its unique terroir and favorable climate for grape cultivation. The winemaking process involves a careful selection of grapes, followed by a traditional method of fermentation in the bottle. The resulting wine is characterized by its elegant and refined style, with a delicate balance of fruitiness and acidity. Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne is a popular choice for celebrations and special occasions, offering a luxurious and memorable drinking experience.
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Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne

Moët & Chandon

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Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne is a prestigious sparkling wine that embodies the essence of luxury and celebration. Crafted by a renowned Champagne house, this wine hails from the esteemed Champagne in France. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from a unique terroir, characterized by chalky soils and a cool climate, which impart elegance and finesse to the wine. The winemaking process involves a meticulous blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay grapes, resulting in a harmonious and well-balanced cuvée. With its vibrant bubbles, delicate aromas of citrus and white flowers, and a crisp, refreshing palate, Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne is the epitome of sophistication and is perfect for any special occasion.
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Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut Aÿ Champagne

Bollinger

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Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut Aÿ Champagne is a traditional method sparkling wine produced by the celebrated grand marque Champagne house Bollinger. This wine always features a high proportion of Pinot Noir supported by smaller amounts of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier resulting in a more structured style. A very high proportion of the grapes come from Grand Cru-rated villages resulting in an intense style. The winemaking focuses on building complexity with extensive use of reserve wine and the wine is matured for much longer than the minimum requirement. This all results in a harmonious yet powerful cuvée. It has fine bubbles, rich complexity, and balanced, vibrant acidity, this Champagne offers a delightful drinking experience, perfect for celebrating special occasions or indulging in moments of luxury.
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Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne

Louis Roederer

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Louis Roederer Brut Premier is the main product of the celebrated champagne house Louis Roederer. This wine features the three main Champagne grapes with equal amounts of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay supported by a smaller proportion of Pinot Meunier. With the base wine matured in oak barrels, this wine offers a fuller body with alluring toasty complexity. Aged for a minimum of 36 months before release, well in advance of the minimum requirement for Champagne, the vibrant acidity of this wine is well-integrated and effortlessly balances the rich mid-palate. This wine was discontinued in 2021 and replaced with the Solera-based Louis Roederer Collection series. However, this wine may still be available in many markets.
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