Pinot Noir: The World’s Beloved Vintage

Originating in Burgundy, France and grown in Pinot Noir wine regions ranging from California to New Zealand, Pinot Noir is widely regarded as the finest red wine in the world. It takes its name from “pine and black” grapes — a versatile and unique species with an unforgettable flavour.

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Pinot Noir – Wine Royalty

The pinnacle of wine flavour and the oenophile’s delight, Pinot Noir wine possesses a distinct profile. A traditional Bourgogne Pinot Noir profile includes velvety tannins and a bold yet complex fruity flavour incorporating cranberry, cherry, and raspberry with notes of vanilla, brown tobacco, candied fruits, and floral bouquets. Ageing in oak and maturity gives Pinot Noir a moderate, but delectable acidity that accentuates notes of spice, liquorice, and underwood. Pinot Noirs from around the world accentuate specific notes, but retain the rich and mellow flavour that is the hallmark of this legendary wine that takes the best characteristics of soil and wood.
pinot noir from around the world

Pinot Noir from Around the World

As one of the most desirable wines, Pinot Noir is grown widely and on nearly every continent, although Bourgogne Pinot Noir from France is a global icon, expressing itself with its full and sophisticated flavour. Its ruby redness and fruity notes vary from country to country, but it never departs from its classic full-bodied Pinot Noir flavour and aroma. Pinot Noir varieties from Chile have a silky and intense flavour with cherry notes, while New Zealand varieties have a spicy note and a dense, alluring flavour. However, vintages from the Côte d'Or region are fresh and fruity with soft tannins and a velvety taste as they mature.
Pinot noir food pairing

Pairing Pinot Noir with French and Global Cuisines

When it comes to identifying food pairings, the Pinot Noir wine profile often finds itself as a coveted centrepiece of traditional French cuisine, with accoutrements such as Comté cheese and other artisanal cheeses from around the world. Roast duck is a traditional Pinot Noir food pairing although other gamey flavours such as beef bourguignon or roast chicken are enriched by the wine. Lobster, trout, and salmon in a spicy sauce juxtapose themselves perfectly with the silky fruitiness of French or American Pinot Noir. The wine also lends itself to being paired with vegetarian food such as roasted vegetables with herbs or the earthy flavor of a mushroom risotto.