Fickle to grow, tricky to make and often majestic to drink, Pinot Noir is the grape of Burgundy, and grown all over the world, most notably in Oregon, New Zealand and California. It is also one of the major blending grapes for Champagne. While the wines from the old world and new are undeniably different, Pinot Noir is a very distinctive variety and its wines reveal soft strawberry and cherry flavours with a heady aroma and often complex savoury characteristics when the grapes are placed in the right hands.
Great value Pinot Noir from Mouton Rothschild which they have been making since 1995, sourced from the Languedoc then matured in their Saint-Laurent-Medoc winery. Light and juicy, with delicious red fruits and very soft tannin, try serving lighly chilled.
Excellent value Pinot Noir. Produced from grapes grown on a plot of chalky soil in the heart of the Languedoc. Soft, easy going red fruit and spice dominate, with lush, smooth tannin and a delicately lingering finish.
Warm and medium-bodied, with firm acid and juicy, ripe dark cherry fruit. Twelve months of barrique ageing gives the wine a smoky depth and a nice touch of earthy tannins. A very grown-up Pinot Noir for the price and an excellent wine for everyday dining.
Pinot Noir thrives in the cooler northern areas of California, particularly by the coast where the Pacific sea breezes slow ripening and let the fruit develop flavour and acidity. This DeLoach Pinot Noir is overflowing with elegant red fruit and spice, and has a lingering appealing freshness.
Produced exclusively from grapes grown in the small Californian region of Clarksburg, 30 kilometres east of Napa Valley. Twelve months in French oak adds a line of complexity to this richly fruited wine with sophisticated earthy chocolate and spice characters.
Grapes are sourced from across the Burgundy region to produce this Bourgogne Pinot Noir which bursts with tart cherry and raspberry aromas. Mid-weight on the palate, with refreshing, clean acidity making this a real joy to drink with friends in summer.
Made from old vines with a minimum age of 45 years close to the Nuit-Saint-Georges slope, which gives the wine well-structured tannin and character. Plenty of concentration in the fruit and a debonair, elegant nature. Matured in 400 litre barrels - 30 percent new - for 14 months with no filtration.
Grapes are sourced from across Burgundy to make this Bourgogne Pinot Noir, bursting with red cherry and raspberry aromas and a hint of blackcurrant. On the palate the refreshing acidity makes this a real joy to drink in summer - try lightly chilled for a refreshing twist.