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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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97 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru is a terrific rendition of this routinely stunning cuvée, soaring from the glass with a complex bouquet of red-black fruit, incense, rich soil tones, violets, smoked duck and a touch of menthol. On the palate, the wine is deep… ...
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Mugneret-Gibourg Clos de Vougeot 2015  (#334292)

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

97 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru is a terrific rendition of this routinely stunning cuvée, soaring from the glass with a complex bouquet of red-black fruit, incense, rich soil tones, violets, smoked duck and a…

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$1600.00
98 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2013 Clos de Bèze is a magical young wine in the making. The stunning bouquet is a brilliant blend of red and black cherries, black raspberries, exotic spice tones, raw cocoa, lovely meatiness, black minerality, a touch of fresh nutmeg and a very… ...
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Rousseau Chambertin-Clos de Beze 2013  (#333831)

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

98 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2013 Clos de Bèze is a magical young wine in the making. The stunning bouquet is a brilliant blend of red and black cherries, black raspberries, exotic spice tones, raw cocoa, lovely meatiness, black…

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95-97 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (the aggregate size of this holding is a whopping 3.4 ha and Ponsot is easily the largest holder in Clos de la Roche). Interestingly this is even spicier with its own very broad array of spice elements that seemingly change with each whiff of… ...
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Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 2012  (#320036)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

95-97 points and 'Don't miss!' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (the aggregate size of this holding is a whopping 3.4 ha and Ponsot is easily the largest holder in Clos de la Roche). Interestingly this is even spicier with its own very broad array of spice…

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96-98 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts has just a little less new oak than the Les Suchots this year. The aromatics are more backward and recalcitrant than the Les Suchots and demanded more coaxing from the glass. There is a sense of depth to the… ...
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Cathiard Vosne-Romanee 1er cru Aux Malconsorts 2015  (#330428)

Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanée, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

96-98 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts has just a little less new oak than the Les Suchots this year. The aromatics are more backward and recalcitrant than the Les Suchots and demanded more coaxing…

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98 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 97 points Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator): Alluring flavors of pure cherry, currant and wild strawberry are at the core of this juicy red. As this evolves on the palate, licorice and spice notes emerge and vibrant acidity kicks in. Beautifully balanced, showing… ...
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Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes 2016  (#333541)

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

98 points Tim Atkin, MW (Jan 2018). 97 points Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator): Alluring flavors of pure cherry, currant and wild strawberry are at the core of this juicy red. As this evolves on the palate, licorice and spice notes emerge and vibrant…

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TA 98
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96 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): An intensely floral nose features notes of dried rose petal and lavender along with cool red berry fruit that is liberally laced with earth, spice and menthol nuances. The taut and muscular broad-scaled and concentrated flavors are precise, intense and… ...
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Dujac Clos de la Roche 2010  (#314356)

Pinot Noir from Morey-St.-Denis, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

96 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): An intensely floral nose features notes of dried rose petal and lavender along with cool red berry fruit that is liberally laced with earth, spice and menthol nuances. The taut and muscular broad-scaled and…

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93-96 points Fine Wine Review: The Griotte-Chambertin was very closed when I tasted it, but density, concentration, minerality, and tannins all showed through to make a promising wine. (Issue #141; 2014) ...
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Drouhin/Joseph Griotte-Chambertin 2012  (#334325)

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

93-96 points Fine Wine Review: The Griotte-Chambertin was very closed when I tasted it, but density, concentration, minerality, and tannins all showed through to make a promising wine. (Issue #141; 2014)

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95+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The ninety year-old vines in Charmes have also fired up the rockets in 2005, as this is another brilliant wine. The bouquet is deep, immense and utterly pure, as it blazes from the glass in a blend of black raspberries, plums, espresso, bitter chocolate… ...
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Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2005  (#116352)

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

95+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The ninety year-old vines in Charmes have also fired up the rockets in 2005, as this is another brilliant wine. The bouquet is deep, immense and utterly pure, as it blazes from the glass in a blend of…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 1 available
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98 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2012 Musigny Vielles Vignes Grand Cru from de Vogüé has slightly brighter and more vivacious fruit than J-F Mugnier, and in fact, the two wines seem to go in two different trajectories in the glass, this blossoming and the other becoming more occluded. De… ...
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Vogue Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2012  (#320543)

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

98 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2012 Musigny Vielles Vignes Grand Cru from de Vogüé has slightly brighter and more vivacious fruit than J-F Mugnier, and in fact, the two wines seem to go in two different trajectories in the glass, this…

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WA 98
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FWR 95-98
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Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Bosconia Gran Reserva 1942  (#335190)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

95.7 points CellarTracker.com community rating

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94 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): Medium red. A highly perfumed bouquet displays red fruit preserves, smoked meat and potpourri. Deeply pitched redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors show a slight medicinal reserve, which makes this wine seem far younger than it is. The potpourri note builds with air… ...
V 94
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Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva 1961  (#702391)

Tempranillo/Tinto Fino from Rioja, Spain

94 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): Medium red. A highly perfumed bouquet displays red fruit preserves, smoked meat and potpourri. Deeply pitched redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors show a slight medicinal reserve, which makes this wine seem far…

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95 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): Still deeply colored though there is a bit of bricking at the rim. While there is plenty of secondary character present on the wonderfully spicy, complex and earthy nose there is absolutely no sous-bois in evidence. The powerful and concentrated middle weight… ...
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Mugneret-Gibourg Echezeaux 1990  (#334684)

Pinot Noir from Flagey-Echezeaux, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

95 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): Still deeply colored though there is a bit of bricking at the rim. While there is plenty of secondary character present on the wonderfully spicy, complex and earthy nose there is absolutely no sous-bois in…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
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