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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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95 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): A perfumed, complex and mostly still primary nose offers up earthy red berry fruit, underbrush and a touch of animale that can also be found on the generous and quite fleshy flavors that possess excellent volume as well as buckets of dry extract that almost… ...
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Gaunoux/Michel Pommard 1er cru Grands Epenots 1999  (#312062)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

95 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): A perfumed, complex and mostly still primary nose offers up earthy red berry fruit, underbrush and a touch of animale that can also be found on the generous and quite fleshy flavors that possess excellent volume…

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96+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The bouquet is very, very deep and... offers up a stunning mélange of cherries, blood orange, smoke, gamebirds, a great base of complex soil tones, an exotic touch of mint, orange zest and mustard seed... deep, full-bodied and rock solid right to the… ...
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Gaunoux/Michel Pommard 1er cru Grands Epenots 2005  (#333224)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

96+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...The bouquet is very, very deep and... offers up a stunning mélange of cherries, blood orange, smoke, gamebirds, a great base of complex soil tones, an exotic touch of mint, orange zest and mustard…

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Voillot/Joseph Pommard 1er cru Rugiens 1985  (#334233)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

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90-92 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): (no whole clusters). A subtle hint of wood serves as a backdrop to the very fresh, spicy and ripe nose of exotic tea and black fruit liqueur aromas. There is a lovely sense of tension to the stony, intense and tautly muscular middle weight plus flavors that… ...
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De Montille Pommard 1er cru Les Rugiens 2013  (#326081)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

90-92 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): (no whole clusters). A subtle hint of wood serves as a backdrop to the very fresh, spicy and ripe nose of exotic tea and black fruit liqueur aromas. There is a lovely sense of tension to the stony, intense and…

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91-94 points and 'Sweet spot/Outstanding,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): An airy, pure and distinctly cool nose offers up essence of red cherry, violet, wet stone and soft spice nuances. A refined yet powerful and muscular texture suffuses the middle weight plus flavors that are shaped by polished… ...
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Leroux/Benjamin Pommard 1er cru Les Rugiens Hauts 2015  (#335277)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

91-94 points and 'Sweet spot/Outstanding,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): An airy, pure and distinctly cool nose offers up essence of red cherry, violet, wet stone and soft spice nuances. A refined yet powerful and muscular texture suffuses the middle…

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'Outstanding'/94 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): Discreet wood is almost lost on the densely fruited, closed and brooding nose of ripe red berry fruit liqueur, warm earth and anise... excellent freshness and verve to the big-bodied and concentrated flavors that despite the impressive size and… ...
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Gaunoux/Michel Pommard 1er cru Grands Epenots 2009  (#313701)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

'Outstanding'/94 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): Discreet wood is almost lost on the densely fruited, closed and brooding nose of ripe red berry fruit liqueur, warm earth and anise... excellent freshness and verve to the big-bodied and concentrated…

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93+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...fine aromatic constellation of plums, cherries, a touch of chocolate, mustard seed, beautiful minerality, wood- smoke and a touch of spice... pure, full-bodied and shows off lovely mid-palate depth, with almost a touch of generosity on the attack,… ...
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Gaunoux/Michel Pommard 1er cru Les Rugiens 2012  (#324632)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

93+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...fine aromatic constellation of plums, cherries, a touch of chocolate, mustard seed, beautiful minerality, wood- smoke and a touch of spice... pure, full-bodied and shows off lovely mid-palate depth,…

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93-94 points Steen Öhman (Winehog): The Pommard Rugiens 2016 is another succes. It’s made from the lower part of Rugiens -- that is normally regarded as the best part of Rugiens. The bouquet is slightly closed -- but the cool fruit of the vintage really add some freshness and vibrant feel to this… ...
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Clerget/Yvon Pommard 1er cru Les Rugiens 2016  (#333468)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

93-94 points Steen Öhman (Winehog): The Pommard Rugiens 2016 is another succes. It’s made from the lower part of Rugiens -- that is normally regarded as the best part of Rugiens. The bouquet is slightly closed -- but the cool fruit of the vintage…

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93-94 points Steen Öhman (Winehog): Moving to Pommard we find Domaine Y. Clerget, Pommard Rugiens 2015 -- a big, balanced and quite powerfull Pommard. The nose offer layers of ripe fruit -- quite vinous with notes of red and dark cherries. On the palate rich and intense with plenty of structure and… ...
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Clerget/Yvon Pommard 1er cru Les Rugiens 2015  (#331045)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

93-94 points Steen Öhman (Winehog): Moving to Pommard we find Domaine Y. Clerget, Pommard Rugiens 2015 -- a big, balanced and quite powerfull Pommard. The nose offer layers of ripe fruit -- quite vinous with notes of red and dark cherries. On the…

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89-92 points Jasper Morris, MW: Dense dark red, with a fine sense of concentration. The middle fills out beautifully, this was green-thinned and has the extra note of concentrated deep red fruit, and a tannin or two in support – but the fruit wins. Still needs a little more time in barrel. (Nov 2018… ...
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Leroux/Benjamin Volnay 1er cru Les Mitans 2017  (#335280)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

89-92 points Jasper Morris, MW: Dense dark red, with a fine sense of concentration. The middle fills out beautifully, this was green-thinned and has the extra note of concentrated deep red fruit, and a tannin or two in support – but the fruit wins.…

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94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): Out of the blocks, the difference between the 2014 and 2015 versions of Grands Épenots chez Gaunoux is quite small, but I would not be surprised to see the distance widen a bit with several decades of cellaring. The 2014 Grands Épenots is still properly… ...
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Gaunoux/Michel Pommard 1er cru Grands Epenots 2014  (#326249)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

94 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): Out of the blocks, the difference between the 2014 and 2015 versions of Grands Épenots chez Gaunoux is quite small, but I would not be surprised to see the distance widen a bit with several decades of…

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94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...wafts from the glass in a fine constellation of sappy red and black cherries, gamebird, dark chocolate, superb soil tones, fresh thyme, an exotic touch of lavender, a bit of bonfire and a discreet framing of new oak... a very elegant interpretation… ...
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Clos de la Chapelle Pommard 1er cru Les Grands Epenots 2015  (#334173)

Pinot Noir from Pommard, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

94+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): ...wafts from the glass in a fine constellation of sappy red and black cherries, gamebird, dark chocolate, superb soil tones, fresh thyme, an exotic touch of lavender, a bit of bonfire and a discreet…

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