Best of the bunch: Pinot Noir
By Mark Banham of Morrish and Banham
2018 has seen a tremendous vintage across the UK with Dorset experiencing a stellar harvest in terms of quality and quantity. Bride Valley’s pinot noir crop has been outstanding and we are looking forward to the vinified results, but where else can we look for great quality pinot that’s also value for money?
A recent find is from the Veneto in Northern Italy. Italy has so many outstanding indigenous grape varieties that pinot noir often gets overlooked. However the Cielo Co-op have produced a wonderful, fragrant, pinot noir – or nero – in the 2016 vintage which has spicy red cherry fruit on nose and palate [£9.99.]
For a more traditional pinot, Burgundy in France has historically led the way. Names such as Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle- Musigny and Nuits St Georges lift the heart of many wine lovers and rightly so. There is also great quality to be had in the wines of the Southern region of the Cote Chalonnaise. Francois Raquilett has long been one of the best addresses in the village of Mercurey and his excellent Bourgogne pinot noir, sourced from declassified plots around the village, offers wonderful ripe red fruit notes with rustic Burgundian charm [£19.99.]
The cooler climes of California are also gaining a reputation for their pinot noir. Our favourite example is produced by Cuvaison who give a serious nod to Europe with their refined and elegant wines from vineyards in cool Carneros. Beautifully balanced sweet cherry fruit on the nose and palate with the faintest lick of oak. Stunning [£25.99.]
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