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One of the most finicky yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is a labor of love for many. However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. In fact, it is the only red variety permitted in Burgundy. Highly reflective of its terroir, Pinot Noir prefers calcareous soils and a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality and demands a lot of attention in the vineyard and winery. It retains even more glory as an important component of Champagne as well as on its own in France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions. This sensational grape enjoys immense international success, most notably growing in Oregon, California and New Zealand with smaller amounts in Chile, Germany (as Spätburgunder) and Italy (as Pinot Nero).

Tasting Notes for Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a dry red wine, typically diominated by red fruit—strawberry, raspberry and cherry with some heftier styles showing black plum and more delicate styles of Pinot giving citrus qualities. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and a lively acidity. With age Pinot Noir can develop hauntingly alluring characteristics of fresh earth, savory spice and dried fruit.

Perfect Food Pairings for Pinot Noir

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of salmon or texture of tuna but its mild mannered tannins give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry: chicken, quail and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, Pinot noir has proven it isn’t afraid of beef. California examples work splendidly well with barbecue and Pinot Noir is also vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secrets for Pinot Noir

For administrative purposes, the region of Beaujolais is often included in Burgundy. But it is extremely different in terms of topography, soil and climate, and the important red grape here is ultimately Gamay, not Pinot noir. Truth be told, there is a tiny amount of Gamay sprinkled around the outlying parts of Burgundy (mainly in Maconnais) but it isn’t allowed with any great significance and certainly not in any Village or Cru level wines. So "red Burgundy" still necessarily refers to Pinot noir.

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  • Olivier Bernstein Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
    Olivier Bernstein Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2010
    Pinot Noir from Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Domaine Follin-Arbelet Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
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    • Domaine & Selection (Laurent Ponsot) Charmes Chamertin Grand Cru 2010  Front Label
      Domaine & Selection (Laurent Ponsot) Charmes Chamertin Grand Cru 2010
      Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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      • Domaine Humbert Freres Gevrey-Chambertin Petite Chapelle Premier Cru 2010 Front Label
        Domaine Humbert Freres Gevrey-Chambertin Petite Chapelle Premier Cru 2010
        Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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        • Domaine & Selection (Laurent Ponsot) Charmes Chamertin Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010  Front Label
          Domaine & Selection (Laurent Ponsot) Charmes Chamertin Grand Cru (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
          Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Domaine Meo-Camuzet Corton Les Perrieres Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
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            Pinot Noir from Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Marcassin Blue Slide Ridge Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
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          • Dom. Gros Frere et Soeur Richebourg Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
            Dom. Gros Frere et Soeur Richebourg Grand Cru 2010
            Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanee, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Lucien Le Moine Pommard Les Epenots Premier Cru 2010  Front Label
            Lucien Le Moine Pommard Les Epenots Premier Cru 2010
            Pinot Noir from Pommard, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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          • Aubert UV Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
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          • Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
            Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru 2010
            Pinot Noir from Morey-St-Denis, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvee Coeur de Roy Tres Vieilles Vignes 2010 Front Label
              Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvee Coeur de Roy Tres Vieilles Vignes 2010
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            • Dugat-Py Mazis Chambertin 2010 Front Label
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            • Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru les Champeaux 2010  Front Label
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              • Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru 2010  Front Label
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              • Louis Jadot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2010 Front Label
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              • Aubert UV-SL Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 Front Label
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