Pinot Noir, Martinborough, Burgundy

Pinot Noir is a red grape that is one of the most challenging to grow in any part of the world. Due to its thin skin and tight bunches, it is susceptible to both mould and disease. However, when it is successful, it produces some of the most amazing wines in the world. Although its home is Burgundy, it has emerged as a popular variety in Australia. Representing only 1% of grapes crushed, it has built a high profile with a number of world-class, distinctly Australian wines being produced. The greatest examples coming from the cool climates of the Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and the Yarra Valley.

Pinot Noir performs well on the deepish limestone based subsoils that are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or. However, yields need to be kept in check. Pinot Noir's concentration and varietal characters disappear rapidly if yields are excessive. Some of the best and most expensive wines in the world are still found in Burgundy.

Pinot Noir also plays a key role in Champagne, being blended with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In the US, Oregon and Washington state are producing outstanding wines. In New Zealand, great Pinot Noirs are crafted in Martinborough and in Central Otago, New Zealand's only true continental climate.

The thin skins of Pinot Noir mean the wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However, the best wines have grippy tannins, fragrance and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, but as it matures, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouthfeel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey nuances emerging.
The wine region of Martinborough is located in South Wairarapa on the southern end of the north island, and in only 30 years or so has gone from a sleepy colonial town to a world-class wine village.

The region has picked up numerous international awards since the 1990’s with Pinot Noir picking up the lion’s share of the medals. Pinot Noir is undoubtedly the flagship wine of the region, with some incredible wines being produced.

The mineral laden soils, combined with the cool climate provide the perfect backdrop for Pinot Noir, much as it has for centuries in Burgundy, France. Indeed the Pinot Noirs produced are very Burgundian in style, a compliment not adorned to many other wine regions worldwide.

The micro-climate of Martinborough is rather warm, with hills both to the east and west. Most all of the vineyards are located in thin strips around the northern and eastern sides of the town or on the Dry River to the south of Martinborough. All the vineyards follow dry riverbeds, which have the desired soil structure for viticulture.

Although Pinot Noir is the king of the reds, Shiraz is also cultivated and in the whites, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris are grown.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.

There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
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  1. Roche De Bellene 'Bellenos' Rouge 2018
    Nicholas Potel is a fabulous negociant winemaker that has made a name for producing Quality Burgundy at reasonable prices. Maison Roche de Bellene has created a range of “pleasure” wines: the Bellenos Collection. Due to their brand name, the wines ... Learn More
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  2. Chateau De Lachassagne Clos Du Chateau Monopole Bourgogne  Pinot Noir 2020
    Château de Lachassagne is an exceptional place, located in the very south of Burgundy, with a unique view over the Saône Valley. It is a 62 hectares propriety, totally surrounded by small walls called ’"Clos". A clean, pure expression ... Learn More
  3. Domaine Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Rouge La Taupe 2019
    Chavy-Chouet's Pinot Noir is classified as humble Bourgogne Rouge, yet its fruit comes from an excellent single-vineyard site near Pommard. Great value. This well-structured wine with rounded, sophisticated tannins gives instant pleasure but can be kept for up to a ... Learn More
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  4. Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Bourgogne Rouge 2019
    Brothers David and Nicolas Rossignol run this 100% Organic and Biodynamically farmed Domaine located in the very heart of Gevrey Chambertin. Very early to the Sustainable farming movement, all the family's vineyards, located in some of the most impressive vineyards in ... Learn More
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  5. Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Savigny-Les-Beaune 2019
    Brothers David and Nicolas Rossignol run this 100% Organic and Biodynamically farmed Domaine located in the very heart of Gevrey Chambertin. Very early to the Sustainable farming movement, all the family's vineyards, located in some of the most impressive vineyards in ... Learn More
  6. Domaine Matrot Auxey-duresses Rouge 2019
    Pinot Noir from vines with an average age of 35 years. Complete destemming followed by cold vatting for 3 to 6 days at 10°C. Fermentation with natural yeasts for 12 to 18 days. Pumping-over/pigeage twice a day depending on the vintage. 15 months maturing on ... Learn More
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  7. Pierre Boisson Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge 2019
    The fruit comes from two Haute Cotes vineyards: ‘Les Chaignots’ in Orches and ‘Sous la Velle’ in Baubigny. The first thing that hits you here is the elegance. It smells ripe but nowhere near overdone. The palate is silky and ... Learn More
  8. Rougeot-Dupin Maranges 1er Cru 'Clos Roussots' 2018
    Domaine Rougeot has a long history of making superb white wines out of the famed village of Meursault. The Rougeot-Dupin label is a venture that started in 1990 in order to diversify the family range. The wines are made from purchased ... Learn More
  9. Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2019
    The highly sought-after Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is undoubtedly one of the great new world Pinot Noirs, often considered a rival to top Burgundy with only limited stock available every vintage. To prove this, winemaker Helen Masters was recently awarded ... Learn More
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  10. Eric de Suremain Monthelie Rouge 1er Cru ‘Clou des Chênes’ 2018
    This is always the demure wine of the group; shy and subtle. A beautiful ruby/garnet colour, very lifted and bright. Very fine aromas, delicate - red fruit, strawberries, jellied cherries. Very fine, very attractive. This has considerable finesse and ... Learn More
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  11. Domaine Rossignol-Trapet  Beaune 1er Cru Teurons 2019
    What gloriously delicious fruit here, very lifted raspberry with a very subtle structure, so opened and pretty for Beaune. Quite persistent on the finish, this is a lovely example of how good Beaune can be, especially when it comes from ... Learn More
  12. Domaine Tortochot Gevrey Chambertin 'Champerrier' Vielle Vignes 2018
    The wine beautifully expresses its old vine origin, with intense, concentrated fruit upon first smell, displaying aromas of blackberry, cherry, raspberry and a delicious jamminess. The palate shows great balance and structure, framed by velvet tannins and a smooth mouthfeel. ... Learn More
  13. Domaine Henri Richard Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Tuileries" 2016
    Domaine Henri Richard is located in Gevrey on the D974 a little south of Domaine Trapet. It is a fourth generation family estate owned by Margeret and Jean Bastien and their children Sarah and Richard – with Sarah Bastien and Guillaume ... Learn More
  14. Domaine Chavy Chouet Volnay Sous La Chapelle 2020
    The young vines of this plot make it a purplish coloured wine, with a very intense fruity nose from the first nose. It is undoubtedly a Volnay with character, full in the mouth and always carried on the fruit felt ... Learn More
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  15. Thierry Glantenay Pommard 1er Cru Riottes 2019
    "The disarmingly modest Thierry Glantenay is emerging as one of the Côte de Beaune's most exciting producers of red wine." -William Kelley, The Wine Advocate Perhaps the Glantenays are not well known because not much was bottled and sold ... Learn More
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  16. Domaine Henri Richard Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Tuileries" 2017
    Domaine Henri Richard is located in Gevrey on the D974 a little south of Domaine Trapet. It is a fourth generation family estate owned by Margeret and Jean Bastien and their children Sarah and Richard – with Sarah Bastien and Guillaume ... Learn More
  17. Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune Champs Pimont Rouge 1er Cru 2019
    Since 1868, Domaine Jacques Prieur has created one of the rarest mosaics of terroirs in Burgundy. This splendid Premier Cru is 100% Pinot Noir produced from a 2.06 hectare plot, 100% aged in new oak barrels for 17 months. The 2019 is intense and dark ruby ... Learn More
  18. Laurent Roumier Chambolly Musigny 2017
    Domaine Laurent Roumier is part of the estate division created in 1924 by his grandfather George Roumier. For this wine producer, being a winemaker is not a job but a passion. The entire farm is located in Chambolle-Musigny near the city ... Learn More
  19. Pierre Boisson Auxey-Duresses Rouge 1er Cru 2018
    A superb, indulgent Auxey-Duresses, with very great refinement. The nose is bursting with fresh cherry, blackcurrant, some floral notes and an earthy tone. The palate is deep and intense, with a juicy core, fine tannins and a velvet texture. A ... Learn More
  20. Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Chambolle-Musigny 2017
    Named Producer of the Year in 2016 by “Bourgogne Aujourd’hui,” Patrick Landanger has truly restored this historic estate to its former glory. Arguably the finest and most prestigious Burgundy house in Volnay, Domaine de la Pousse d’Or was originally ... Learn More
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  21. Domaine Jean Tardy Nuits-St-Georges Bas De Combe Vieilles Vignes 2015
    (from 80-year-old vines adjacent to Vosne-Romanée): Moderately saturated dark red. Crushed blackberry and spicy oak scents are lifted by a subtle violet topnote. Full, supple and very ripe, with the high percentage of millerandé grapes giving the wine a ... Learn More
  22. Domaine Jacques Prieur Beaune Clos Feguine Rouge 1er Cru 2019
    Since 1868, Domaine Jacques Prieur has created one of the rarest mosaics of terroirs in Burgundy. This splendid Premier Cru is 100% Pinot Noir produced from a 2.06 hectare plot, 100% aged in new oak barrels for 17 months. The 2019 is intense and dark ruby ... Learn More
  23. Domaine Armand Heitz Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Poutures 2019
    It seems that the site of Pommard is one of the oldest winemaking activities of the Cote. Installed in this place for more than 2000 years, the Gaulois would have selected and multiplied the pinot noir. A temple dedicated to the ... Learn More
  24. Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens 2019
    Founded in 1731 in Beaune by Michel Bouchard, Bouchard Père & Fils, is one of the oldest wine estates in Burgundy, perpetuating tradition for nearly 3 centuries and 9 generations. In 1775, Joseph Bouchard acquired his first vineyards in Volnay in the famous “Les ... Learn More
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  26. Domaine Armand Heitz Pommard 1er Cru Les Pezerolles 2019
    '"Bright crimson colour with ripe fruit aromas on the nose. Nice balance. Very chic on the nose, largely on red fruits but with attractive floral notes. Slight acidity with tannins at the end of the mouth. Very elegant." Jasper Morris ... Learn More
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    This village-level Morey is from two, roughly equal-sized parcels at the top of the slope; one is in Les Larrets, the other in En la Rue de Vergy. Yields were only 20 hl/ha due to the organic conversion of the ... Learn More
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  28. Chateau de Pommard Clos Marey Monge Monopole Esprits 2018
    Clos Marey‑Monge is a collection of different micro-climates and soil types. Each of our seven terroirs – Simone, Nicolas-Joseph, Grands Esprits, Chantrerie, 75 Rangs, Micault, and Émilie – is a different composition of limestone, iron-rich clay, alluvium and other minerals essential to ... Learn More
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  29. Domaine Comte Armand Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets 2017
    This is beautifully heady and perfumed. Some parcels are nearly 90 years old, and others 35 years old, with the crop a healthy 49.6hl/ha. Again, there is the impression of purity, sensuality and structure, aided in part by the contiguity of ... Learn More
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  30. Domaine Chavy Chouet Pommard Premier Cru Les Chanlins 2020
    Les Chanlins is located above and beside Les Rugiens, closer to the village of Volnay than to Pommard itself. It is a steeply sloping rocky plot producing a tense, mineral wine with very noble tannins ... Learn More
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  31. Thibault Liger-Belair Gevrey-Chambertin La Croix des Champs 2018
    Identifiable by its prosaic location by the bus-stop on the outskirts of Gevrey, this vineyard has quite heavy soil, whose effect Thibault leavens with plenty of whole-bunch (50%). The wine is bright and creamy with little ambition for complexity, but with ... Learn More
  32. Chateau de Pommard Clos Marey Monge Monopole 2011
    Clos Marey‑Monge is a collection of different micro-climates and soil types. Each of our seven terroirs – Simone, Nicolas-Joseph, Grands Esprits, Chantrerie, 75 Rangs, Micault, and Émilie – is a different composition of limestone, iron-rich clay, alluvium and other minerals essential to ... Learn More
  33. Thierry Glantenay Pommard 1er Cru Sausilles 2019
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  35. Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Chambolle Musigny 2018
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  36. Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 'Clos des Myglands' 2015 (1.5L)
    Wonderful aromas of plums, orange peel and stones. Full-bodied, round and soft with a juicy finish. A deep and rich pinot. Fantastic wine. Made from six hectares. Best ever? ... Learn More
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  37. Domaine Faiveley Nuits-St-Georges 'Aux Chaignots' 2015
    Bright red with ruby tones. Sexy scents of raspberry, redcurrant, rose petal and exotic spices (Flous says the wine's floral character is due to its whole-cluster component). Fresh and energetic, with suave, lightly saline red berry and spice flavors lifted ... Learn More
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  38. Thibault Liger-Belair Aloxe Corton 1er cru La Toppe au Vert 2018
    Just by Corton Les Maréchaudes, the vines are in a south-facing basin of broken rock, filled by eroded topsoil. This is not in the broad-shouldered Aloxe style; it’s delicate and linear, with appealing floral and red-fruit notes, and ... Learn More
  39. Thibault Liger-Belair Chambolle-Musigny Les Foucheres VV 2018
    The plot is next to the Premier Cru "les Borniques" to the east and to the south, about fifty meters from the Grand Cru "le Musigny". Situated on reddish brown clays rich in iron oxides on about 30 cm then we ... Learn More
  40. Domaine Armand Heitz Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens 2019
    Rugiens has been renowned and vinified in isolated vats for several centuries. They were worshipped in the 19th century and considered, with Corton, as the best wines of Beaune. This adulation was reduced to the benefit of the name of ... Learn More
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