10% OFF all orders of 12 bottles or more - use code LAUNCH10 at the checkout - click here for more details
For a great many, simply the most sophisticated and noblest of red grapes and one that remains integral to some of the world's finest, most exclusive wines. Though its origins and greatest expressions lay in Burgundy (as a great many would also have it), pinot noir is grown everywhere from the west coast of the U.S. to Central and Eastern Europe to South Africa to New Zealand. A cool-climate varietal for lighter red styles, it is also a notoriously temperamental varietal to grow, often struggling toward ripeness. When properly cultivated and vinified, however, pinot noir rewards the drinker with a sublime array of aromas and flavours: cherry, raspberry, spice, mushroom, clove and hibiscus, which, when in its graceful age, evolve into tea, leather, tobacco leaf, dried fruit and undergrowth. The brisk levels of acidity typically supporting these wonderful characteristics also make pinot noir an ultimate food pairing wine, going superbly as it does with all manner of cured meats, charcuterie, cheese and fowl. Once understood and enjoyed, pinot noir is sure to win a leading role in your drinking repertoire.