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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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92-94 points Neal Martin (Vinous): The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées 1er Cru underwent a relatively late malolactic and so had only recently been sulfured. Matured in 50% new oak, this has an intense, pure bouquet of black cherries, blueberry and violets, all very natural and well defined. The… ...
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Felettig Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru Les Fuees 2017  (#333968)

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

92-94 points Neal Martin (Vinous): The 2017 Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées 1er Cru underwent a relatively late malolactic and so had only recently been sulfured. Matured in 50% new oak, this has an intense, pure bouquet of black cherries, blueberry and…

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97 points Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator): This silky red gives an initial impression of purity, with a core of cherry and strawberry fruit, accented by sandalwood, vanilla, stone and white pepper notes. Intense and fluid, showing fine harmony and excellent length. Smoke and mineral details grace… ...
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Rousseau Clos de la Roche 2016  (#333539)

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

97 points Bruce Sanderson (Wine Spectator): This silky red gives an initial impression of purity, with a core of cherry and strawberry fruit, accented by sandalwood, vanilla, stone and white pepper notes. Intense and fluid, showing fine harmony and…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
WS 97
TA 96
JM 93-96
97 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): I always have a sweet spot in my heart for the Domaine Dujac Clos St. Denis, but in 2017, even I have to admit that the beautiful Clos de la Roche is a step up! The bouquet is flamboyant and sappy this year, soaring from the glass in a great blend of… ...
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Dujac Clos de la Roche 2017  (#334405)

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

97 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): I always have a sweet spot in my heart for the Domaine Dujac Clos St. Denis, but in 2017, even I have to admit that the beautiful Clos de la Roche is a step up! The bouquet is flamboyant and sappy this…

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97-99 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru is matured in 30% new oak with up to 30% whole cluster fruit, two-thirds from Montluisants and one-third Fremiers. It has an intoxicating bouquet that is extraordinarily complex: shimmering red berry fruit, blood orange,… ...
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JG 97
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Lignier/Hubert Clos de la Roche 2016  (#334145)

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

97-99 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru is matured in 30% new oak with up to 30% whole cluster fruit, two-thirds from Montluisants and one-third Fremiers. It has an intoxicating bouquet that is extraordinarily…

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17.5/20 points Clive Coates (The Wines of Burgundy): Good colour. Splendidly rich, gently oaky nose. Lots of depth. Fullish body. Good vigour. Good class. Impressive fruit. Some tannin. This is ripe, intense, classy and fine. Lovely finish. (Jun 2001) ...
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Mugneret-Gibourg Echezeaux 1991  (#334685)

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

17.5/20 points Clive Coates (The Wines of Burgundy): Good colour. Splendidly rich, gently oaky nose. Lots of depth. Fullish body. Good vigour. Good class. Impressive fruit. Some tannin. This is ripe, intense, classy and fine. Lovely finish. (Jun 2001…

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Liger-Belair/Thibault Richebourg 2017  (#335346)

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

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97+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2015 Charmes Trés Vieilles Vignes is also a magical wine in the making. The superb nose delivers a great blend of cassis, sweet dark berries, grilled meats, a complex base of dark soil tones, espresso, woodsmoke and cedar. On the palate the wine is… ...
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WA 96
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Roty Charmes-Chambertin Cuvee de Tres Vieilles Vignes 2015  (#332384)

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

97+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2015 Charmes Trés Vieilles Vignes is also a magical wine in the making. The superb nose delivers a great blend of cassis, sweet dark berries, grilled meats, a complex base of dark soil tones,…

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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… ...
JM 91-94
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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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Made by Laurent Ponsot for l'Hotel de Beaune proprietor Johan Bjorkland. ...
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Domaine & Selection (Ponsot) Chambolle-Musigny Les Hauts-Doix 2010  (#334159)

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

Made by Laurent Ponsot for l'Hotel de Beaune proprietor Johan Bjorkland.

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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… ...
JG 94
AM 92-94
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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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95-96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): And the one lone grand cru in the Bachelet cellars? Simply stunning in the 2006 vintage, the Bachelet Charmes finished up its malolactic in June of ’07, making the wine the easiest to read in November. The lion’s share of these old vines (planted… ...
JG 95-96
JM 94
WA 94
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Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2006  (#303269)

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

95-96 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): And the one lone grand cru in the Bachelet cellars? Simply stunning in the 2006 vintage, the Bachelet Charmes finished up its malolactic in June of ’07, making the wine the easiest to read in November.…

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JG 95-96
JM 94
WA 94
Duband/David Chambertin 2017 ...
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Duband/David Chambertin 2017  (#335282)

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

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