Pinot Noir

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.
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  1. BENJAMIN LEROUX CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET 1ER CRU ABBAYE DE MORGEOT 2017
    Burgundy's best 'new' winemaker. Neal Martin has written on Benjamin Leroux: “… [He] certainly has the gift of touch that seems to elevate everything from village crus to grand crus.” ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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  2. THIERRY GLANTENAY POMMARD 'SAUSSILLES' 1ER CRU 2017
    "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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  3. THIERRY GLANTENAY VOLNAY ‘CLOS DES CHENES’ 1ER CRU 2017
    Thierry Glantenay has taken over at his family domaine and is now producing exquisite, ethereal Volnay. He is a meticulous and talented winemaker. This Clos des Chenes is a beautiful synthesis of pure fruit, delicate framing and a beautifully transcribed ... Learn More
  4. ULYSSE COLLIN 'LES MAILLONS' BLANC DE NOIRS EXTRA BRUT NV 2015 BASE
    The current release is based on 2015 with 60% reserve wine from 2014, disgorged in March 2019. This beautifully textured and perfumed Blanc de Noirs comes from a site called Les Maillons in Barbonne-Fayel, near the town of Sézanne (in the Côte ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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  5. BASS PHILLIP PREMIUM PINOT NOIR 2017
    "Phillip Jones handcrafts tiny quantities of superlative Pinot Noir which, at its best, has no equal in Australia. Painstaking site selection, ultra-close vine spacing and the very, very cool climate of South Gippsland are the keys to the magic of ... Learn More
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  6. THIERRY GLANTENAY POMMARD 'RUGIENS' 1ER CRU 2016
    Located in what Thierry Glantenay calls the low part of Rugiens Hauts, so right next to the more famous Rugiens Bas, this old-vine parcel of 0.19ha always produces one of the domaine's best wines. Delicate for a wine from the ... Learn More
  7. THIERRY GLANTENAY VOLNAY 'CAILLERETS' 1ER CRU 2017
    "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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  8. THIERRY GLANTENAY POMMARD 'RUGIENS' 1ER CRU 2017
    "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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  9. ULYSSE COLLIN BLANC DE BLANCS CHAMPAGNE EXTRA BRUT 'LES PIERRIERES' 2015 BASE
    Les Pierrières is a 1.3-hectare parcel west of Congy in the Cotéaux du Petit Morin very near the southern tip of the Côte des Blancs. It’s an east-sloping site with chalky soils that contain large chunks ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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  10. DOMAINE ROSSIGNOL-TRAPET GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 1ER CRU "CLOS-PRIEUR" 2017
    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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  11. ULYSSE COLLIN LES MAILLONS ROSE DE SAIGNEE EXTRA BRUT NV
    Disgorged in March 2019. Collin’s single-vintage saignée rosé, first made in the 2011 vintage, comes from a parcel of Pinot Noir in Les Maillons cropped at ... Learn More
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  12. EGLY OURIET GRAND CRU ROSE CHAMPAGNE NV
    Simply one of the greatest rosé wines produced in Champagne. The blend is 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay. "Fragrant rosebuds and wild strawberries open into glorious depth of black cherry fruits of exacting ripeness, cherry kernel, fig and mixed spice. Very ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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  13. JEAN TARDY NUITS-ST-GEORGES 1ER CRU 'AUX ARGILLAS' 2017
    End of the coteaux of Nuits, the last vineyard before Vosne-Romanée. Picked later than others. "The 2017 Nuits Saint-Georges Aux Argillats 1er Cru needs some coaxing from the glass, only reluctantly revealing sultry blackberry, iodine and hints of blue fruit ... Learn More
  14. TAUPENOT MOREY ST DENIS LA RIOTTE 1ER CRU 2016
    An essence of crushed black fruits on the nose, accented by licorice and violet. A bit more relaxed in the early going than the Combe d'Orveau but without quite the density for its broad, dusty tannins. Distinctly darker than the 2015 ... Learn More
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  15. BENJAMIN LEROUX VOLNAY 1ER CRU EN CAILLERETS 2017
    Burgundy's best 'new' winemaker. Neal Martin has written on Benjamin Leroux: “… [He] certainly has the gift of touch that seems to elevate everything from village crus to grand crus.” ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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  16. BOLLINGER 007 LIMITED EDITION 2011
    To celebrate the release of the 25th Bond film, Champagne Bollinger has produced a limited-edition champagne from the 2011 vintage. 100% Pinot Noir from Aÿ. Cellar aged for seven years, sealed with a natural cork. The extraordinary harvest of 2011 led to the ... Learn More
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  17. DOMAINE DE LA POUSSE D'OR 'CLOS DE 60 OUVREES' 1ER CRU 2015
    The Pousse d’Or domaine at Volnay was established in 1954. Its vineyards are anything but ordinary, consisting as they do mainly of premier and grand crus in the villages of Morey-Saint- Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Corton, Pommard, Volnay, Puligny-Montrachet and Santenay The ... Learn More
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  18. DOMAINE ROSSIGNOL-TRAPET LATRICIERES-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU 2001
    Drink: 2016 - 2025 With archives showing that the Rossignol family has run vineyards in Burgundy's famous Cote de Nuits since the 16th century, the current generation, brothers Nicolas and David Rossignol, have plenty of experience to draw on when creating their ... Learn More
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  19. DOMAINE HENRI RICHARD CHARMES-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU 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
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  20. DOMAINE HENRI RICHARD CHARMES-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU 2014
    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
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    Allen Meadows
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  21. DOMAINE HENRI RICHARD CHARMES-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU 2015
    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
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  22. DOMAINE PRIEURE ROCH NUITS ST GEORGES VV 1ER CRU 2017
    Produced from some of the oldest vines on the Clos de Corvee plot at an average of 80 years old. This vineyard has a remarkable history with references of it dating back to the middle ages. This wine spends 20 months maturing ... Learn More
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  23. DOMAINE ROSSIGNOL-TRAPET LATRICIERES-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU 2017
    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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  24. DOMAINE ROSSIGNOL-TRAPET CHAPELLE CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU 2017
    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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  25. DOMAINE HENRI RICHARD CHARMES-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU 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
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  26. DOMAINE HENRI RICHARD MAZOYERES-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU 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
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    Allen Meadows
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  27. TAUPENOT-MERME MAZOYÈRES-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU 2017
    The family owns 0.85Ha spread of the grand cru, spread over two plots planted in 1958 and 1959. Brother-and-sister team Virginie and Romain are at the helm at this domaine. It has 13 hectares on the Côte de Beaune and the Cô ... Learn More
  28. DOMAINE AF GROS ECHEZEAUX GRAND CRU 2017
    There has been a sorting table at the family winery since 2008 which allows the family to carefully select only perfect bunches, after which the grapes are destemmed but not crushed. The grapes are given a short cool maceration, then fermented ... Learn More
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  29. DOMAINE ROSSIGNOL-TRAPET GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN 1ER CRU "PETITE-CHAPELLE" MAGNUM 2017
    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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    Neil Martin
  30. TAUPENOT-MERME MAZOYÈRES-CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU 2016
    The family owns 0.85Ha spread of the grand cru, spread over two plots planted in 1958 and 1959. Brother-and-sister team Virginie and Romain are at the helm at this domaine. It has 13 hectares on the Côte de Beaune and the Cô ... Learn More
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  31. BENJAMIN LEROUX GRAND CRU CLOS SAINT-DENIS 2012
    Burgundy's best 'new' winemaker. Neal Martin has written on Benjamin Leroux: “… [He] certainly has the gift of touch that seems to elevate everything from village crus to grand crus.” ... Learn More
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    Antonio Galloni
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  32. DOMAINE PRIEURE ROCH CLOS DE CORVEES 2016
    Domaine Prieure Roch has a long history and relationship with DRC and is related to Lalou Bize-Leroy, and even though Prieure Roch is not as well known as DRC or Leroy, many Burgundy connoisseurs take the wines of Prieure Roch ... Learn More
  33. JACQUES SELOSSE 'LA COTE FARON' EXTRA BRUT GRAND CRU CHAMPAGNE NV
    "The NV Extra-Brut Grand Cru La Cote Faron is ridiculously great." - Antonio Galloni This rare Champagne is rich and textural, exhibiting red fruit characters from the 100% Pinot Noir balanced with florals, anise and spice. Incredibly complex and a wine ... Learn More
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  34. JACQUES SELOSSE 'SOUS LE MONT EXTRA BRUT' BLANC DE NOIRS GRAND CRU NV
    "Green tea, dried flowers, sage, hard candy and mint are all layered into the finish. This attractive, mid-weight Champagne is quite pretty, but very much delicate and feminine in style." Antonio Galloni 100% Pinot Noir(Mareuil-sur-Ay single parcel). A very particular ... Learn More
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    Julia Harding MW
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  35. MAISON LEROY GEVREY CHAMBERTIN 2015
    The Gevrey-Chambertin of Maison Leroy presents the highest degree of expression from this classic Burgundy village. A year noted for fine tannins, balance, and depth, this wine is still a youngster. Nose shows distinct mineral notes, black fruit, black pepper, ... Learn More
  36. DOMAINE ROSSIGNOL-TRAPET CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU MAGNUM 2017
    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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  37. DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE CONTI 'CUVEE DUVAULT-BLOCHET' VOSNE-ROMANEE 1ER CRU 2009
    "This may well be the best vintage for this wine ever made, at least since modern day production of it was recommenced in 1999. There is so much sap that it will be approachable young but age well too... A classic ... Learn More
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  38. DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE CONTI ROMANEE ST VIVANT 2016
    One of the most sought after wines on earth. A sensual floral nose followed by a tense, linear mid palate with vibrant acidity. Very long finish - classic Romanee-Saint-Viviant. Created by one of the greatest wine producers in the world ... Learn More
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    Robert Parker
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  39. DOMAINE DE LA ROMANEE CONTI ROMANEE ST VIVANT 2012
    A sensual floral nose followed by a tense, linear mid palate with vibrant acidity. Very long finish - classic Romanee-Saint-Viviant. Created by one of the greatest wine producers in the world and certainly the best in Burgundy. "There is a ... Learn More
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  40. DOMAINE LEROY CLOS DE VOUGEOT GRAND CRU 2010
    The Domaine Leroy 2015 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is a wine for the ages, opening in the glass with a classic bouquet of incense, smoky black fruits, red cherry and pencil shavings. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep ... Learn More
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