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Pinot Noir is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult varietal to cultivate and vinify. The grape's tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards, and the thin-skins and low levels of phenolic compounds result in mostly lightly colored, medium-bodied, low-tannin wines. The tremendously broad range of bouquets, flavors, textures and impressions that Pinot noir can produce lends to its overall popularity but also to its misunderstanding. In the broadest terms, the wine tends to display aromas reminiscent of black and/or red cherry, raspberry and to a lesser extent currant and many other fine small red and black berry fruits. Traditional Pinot Noir is famous for its savory fleshiness and 'farmyard' aromas, but changing fashions, modern winemaking techniques, and new easier-to-grow clones have favored a lighter, more fruit-prominent, cleaner style.

Like many other red varietals, the character of the wine depends heavily on where the grapes are grown and how they are vinified, and these distinctions are largely reflected in a New World/Old World dichotomy. The Burgundy region in France, Pinot Noir's place of origin, is renowned for producing the most complex, ageworthy, and esoteric versions. These can range from dark, brooding, densely tannic wines to light, ethereally elegant wines of intensely perfumed character. Fruit profiles often differ as well, but the common denominator in all Burgundy Pinot Noir is the essence of the place in which it grows, coined as the term terroir. The finest examples, after years of proper aging, display haunting aromas and flavors that defy description using refrences of common reference points. The grape has also found highly unique expression in the vineyards of Germany, where it's known as Spätburgund. From the steep slopes of the Ahr Valley to the rolling, pastorl hills of the Pfalz, the country is producing wines with notably vibrant fruit and deep savory character, but also a rugged edge in which the stamp of terroir is also evident.

New World styles of Pinot Noir also vary in their specifics, but in general they are built on a bright, expressive fruit profile. California has several regions that excel with the varietal, most famously the Sonoma Coast AVA and its sub-AVA Russian River Valley. The wines typically display exuberant red cherry and strawberry notes along with the occasional savory spice elements. While these are cool climates by New World standards, Pinot Noir still achieves more consistent ripeness and more viscosity and body as a result. The AVAs of Santa Barbara County also produce outstanding versions with more concentrated savory profile, while Mendocino County's wines tend toward the dark-fruited, earthy profile. Oregon's Willamette Valley is perhaps the most old school of the New WOrld profiles, where fruit is less pronounced and an herbacious forest floor component imparts a touch of terroir on the wines. Perhaps the most exciting New World Pinot Noir wines are now coming from New Zealand, where the Central Otago and Martinborough regions are producing wines of dark fruit character with essentially cool-climate structure and texture, an intriguing, if non-traditional, combination.

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91-94 points Jasper Morris, MW: Planted 1956, with apparently a certain amount of pinot beurot mixed in. Gilbert thinks that he and Ghislaine Barthod probably share the best part of this 1er cru. His holding also has old vines with good plant material. This is Gilbert’s dea of classic Chambolle and… ...
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Felettig Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru Combottes 2017  (#333966)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

91-94 points Jasper Morris, MW: Planted 1956, with apparently a certain amount of pinot beurot mixed in. Gilbert thinks that he and Ghislaine Barthod probably share the best part of this 1er cru. His holding also has old vines with good plant…

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94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...dramatic bouquet of black cherries, plums, grilled meat, cocoa, dark soil tones, woodsmoke and a really lovely topnote that I can only describe as 'sweet herbs'. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very sappy at the core, with great focus… ...
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Ponsot Griotte-Chambertin 2012  (#320031)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...dramatic bouquet of black cherries, plums, grilled meat, cocoa, dark soil tones, woodsmoke and a really lovely topnote that I can only describe as 'sweet herbs'. On the palate the wine is deep, full…

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93-96 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...floral with notes of lavender, dried rose petal and cool red currant. There is superb detail to the almost painfully intense and pungently mineral-driven large-scaled flavors that possess a saline character on the refreshing yet quite… ...
AM 93-96
IWC 94
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Perrot-Minot Chambertin 2011  (#319400)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

93-96 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...floral with notes of lavender, dried rose petal and cool red currant. There is superb detail to the almost painfully intense and pungently mineral-driven large-scaled flavors that possess a…

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94-96 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): From barrel, the 2012 Clos de Vougeot Cuvee Vieilles Vignes has one of my favourite bouquets with wonderful vibrancy, mineralite and tension. The palate has a beguiling sense of symmetry and tension, blessed with precocious, beautifully aligned mineral-rich… ...
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Ponsot Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2012  (#320033)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

94-96 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): From barrel, the 2012 Clos de Vougeot Cuvee Vieilles Vignes has one of my favourite bouquets with wonderful vibrancy, mineralite and tension. The palate has a beguiling sense of symmetry and tension, blessed…

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Duband/David Latricieres-Chambertin 2017  (#335290)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

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97 points Tim Atkin, MW: Erwan Faiveley thinks this is one of the wines of the vintage chez Faiveley, and I couldn’t agree with him more. Showing the classic coolness and haughty reserve of Latricières, the most elegant of the Gevrey Grands Crus, it’s chalky and refined with subtle oak and nuanced,… ...
TA 97
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Faiveley Latricieres-Chambertin 2015  (#332490)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

97 points Tim Atkin, MW: Erwan Faiveley thinks this is one of the wines of the vintage chez Faiveley, and I couldn’t agree with him more. Showing the classic coolness and haughty reserve of Latricières, the most elegant of the Gevrey Grands Crus, it…

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93 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The bouquet... is deep and sappy, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of black cherries, black plums, chocolate, dark soil tones (very much reminiscent of Renardes) and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and plush on… ...
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Ponsot Corton Cuvee du Bourdon 2012  (#320029)

Pinot Noir from Aloxe-Corton, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

93 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The bouquet... is deep and sappy, wafting from the glass in a complex blend of black cherries, black plums, chocolate, dark soil tones (very much reminiscent of Renardes) and a smoky topnote. On the…

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94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2014 Latricières-Chambertin from Domaine Bize is another excellent bottle in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and youthfully superb in its blend of black plums, cassis, bitter chocolate, gamebirds, fresh herb tones, woodsmoke and a complex base… ...
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Bize Latricieres-Chambertin 2014  (#329852)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2014 Latricières-Chambertin from Domaine Bize is another excellent bottle in the making. The bouquet is deep, pure and youthfully superb in its blend of black plums, cassis, bitter chocolate,…

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91-94 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from a .30 ha parcel). An ultra-elegant if restrained nose features notes of wet stone, earth, sauvage nuances and the cool essence of red berry fruit scents. There is a wonderful sense of vibrancy and intensity to the quite firmly mineral-driven medium… ...
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Duband/David Latricieres-Chambertin 2013  (#332043)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

91-94 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from a .30 ha parcel). An ultra-elegant if restrained nose features notes of wet stone, earth, sauvage nuances and the cool essence of red berry fruit scents. There is a wonderful sense of vibrancy and…

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92 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...notably floral with hints of exotic herbal tea, spice and plenty of Gevrey style earth on the varied dark berry fruit scents. There is an excellent sense of vibrancy and delineation to the linear and focused medium weight plus flavors that exhibit plenty of… ...
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Bize Latricieres-Chambertin 2013  (#328351)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

92 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): ...notably floral with hints of exotic herbal tea, spice and plenty of Gevrey style earth on the varied dark berry fruit scents. There is an excellent sense of vibrancy and delineation to the linear and focused…

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97 points Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator): Marked by oak spice, this is nonetheless an elegant style, featuring floral, wild strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors. Sleek and firm, showing tension, picking up a mineral element as this stretches out on the finish. Best from 2024 through 2050. 70… ...
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TA 96
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Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin 2016  (#331247)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

97 points Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator): Marked by oak spice, this is nonetheless an elegant style, featuring floral, wild strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors. Sleek and firm, showing tension, picking up a mineral element as this stretches…

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80% whole clusters. Barrel aged 14 months in 40% new oak and 60% 1, 2 and 3-year-old oak. Brilliant deep ruby. A nose of red berries slightly closed with a smoked touch. The mouth is fresh with one finale powerful. Pair with roasted pigeon and French-style peas. ...
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Duband/David Clos de Vougeot 2015  (#332380)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

80% whole clusters. Barrel aged 14 months in 40% new oak and 60% 1, 2 and 3-year-old oak. Brilliant deep ruby. A nose of red berries slightly closed with a smoked touch. The mouth is fresh with one finale powerful. Pair with roasted pigeon and French…

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