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Pinot Noir wines

Made with the Pinot Noir grape variety

It originated in Burgundy, is one of the stocks that make up the mixture of the majority of French champagne. It is also considered one of the choicest varieties worldwide for the production of varietal wines. This variety is not easily adapted to any region, requires a cold climate for success. Its berries are small, purplish-black, waxed by abundant bloom. The skin is thick and soft pulp. This vid is made with very fine wine. Structure is characterized by its low tannins, medium body and subtle refined awakening sensations in the mouth. Pinot Noir wine produces extremely smooth, fresh and fruity, a very good bouquet, with an acidity that makes it quite lively and persistent on the palate, without being aggressive. The nose can achieve excellence aroma (cherry, cassis, strawberry, raspberry, violet, Russian leather, licorice evolve a delicate aroma with aging) and support good parenting. To find odors raising red and black fruits and cinnamon, coconut, grass among the highlights. It also highlights floral notes such as roses.

Many of the world's most famous and sought-after wines are single-variety Pinot Noirs. These wines are said to be delicate, very elegant, perfumed and extremely pleasant. Some have even claimed that a Pinot Noir wine is “sex in a glass”!

Pinot Noir wine can have different nuances depending where it comes from. However, they generally tend to have little colour depth, they are light on the palate and they have aromas cherry, raspberry, blackcurrant and other berries.

The Pinot Noir variety is native to France. We know that it was already being cultivated in present-day Burgundy in the 1st century AD. Although Burgundy Pinot Noir is the most prestigious, cultivation of this variety has spread throughout the world over the years. French Pinot Noir wines tend to be elegant and delicate, but from California or New Zealand they usually have more colour than their French counterparts, as well as more potency and a higher alcohol content.

Looking at the other regions in France, Pinot Noir grows in many of them. In Jura, for example, Pinot Noir wines are lighter than those made in Burgundy. If we go further north, to Sancerre in the Loire Valley, a very northern wine region, red and rosé wines made with Pinot Noir are even lighter than they are in Jura. There is also Alsace, where Pinot Noir is mainly used to make a single-variety rosé. Finally, there is the Champagne region, where Pinot Noir also has a leading role. Here, it is often found alongside Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, making up the most famous sparkling wine in the world, champagne. However, there are also blanc de noir champagnes, which are exclusively single-variety Pinot Noir wines.

In Germany, Pinot Noir is known as Spätburgunder, which literally means late Burgundian. It is the most widely planted red grape in the country and is mainly cultivated in the Baden, Palatinate and Ahr regions. German Pinot Noir red wines have greatly improved in recent decades, reaching a unique quality and typicity and being highly valued.

If we look at some other European countries, in Italy, Pinot Noir is called Pinot Nero and is grown mainly in Südtirol, Collio Goriziano, Oltrepò Pavese, Veneto, Friuli, Trentino and Tuscany. Further north, in Austria, Pinot Noir also has a part to play and they call it Blauburgunder.

Pinot Noir is also cultivated in Spain, but in a different way to the other countries we have looked at. The regions it is most commonly found in are Catalonia, followed by Navarra, Aragón and Castilla y León. However, it always plays a supporting role to each region’s native varieties.

Finally, crossing the Atlantic, Pinot Noir is cultivated in Chile, mainly in the Colchagua, Casablanca, Limarí, San Antonio, Curicó and Biobío valleys. However, it represents a very small proportion of what is grown across the country’s vineyards. Next to Chile, there is Argentina, where Pinot Noir is grown mainly in the El Comahue region. Much further north, there is the United States, which is one of the main producers of Pinot Noir red wine, with cultivation mostly concentrated in California.

So, the Pinot Noir grape grows all around the world. It produces fine, delicate wines with unique nuances that give us clues as to where each wine was made. It would be interesting to find out how it has adapted to each of the different growing areas.

Why not enjoy a bottle alongside your next romantic dinner!

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As Covas 2021

Spain Galicia

A Pinot Noir with an Atlantic influence: a fine and elegant wine
As Covas 2021
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Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2019

Germany VDP Pfalz (Palatinate)

A Pinot Noir aged in barrels and stainless steel tanks
Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2019
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£11.51
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Bassus Pinot Noir 2021

Spain D.O. Valencia (Valencia)

An exclusive Pinot Noir from the D.O. Utiel-Requena
Bassus Pinot Noir 2021
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£28.94
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Louis Latour Côte de Beaune-Villages 2020

France AOC Côte de Beaune-Villages / Côte-d'Or (Burgundy)

A Pinot Noir with fresh fruit and spicy touches and minerals
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£34.56
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AMI Volnay 2018

France AOC Volnay / Côte-d'Or (Burgundy)

A velvety Pinot Noir with great aromatic intensity
AMI Volnay 2018
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Veramonte Pinot Noir Reserva 2020

Chile Valle de Casablanca (Valle de Casablanca)

A little gem of the Casablanca Valley
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District 7 Pinot Noir 2019

United States Monterey (California)

An elegant and well-balanced Pinot Noir from Monterey
District 7 Pinot Noir 2019
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AMI Bourgogne Albin 2020

France AOC Bourgogne (Burgundy)

An elegant and very limited production wine
AMI Bourgogne Albin 2020
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Dog Point Pinot Noir 2021

New Zealand Marlborough (South Island)

Remarkably profound
Dog Point Pinot Noir 2021
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