All About The Pinot Noir Grape
Pinot Noir is a very popular grape variety, which is grown globally, but well known for its growth in Burgundy. This grape is ranked at being one of the oldest grape varieties in the world! The style is normally raspberries, cherries and strawberries, with some notes of violets and truffles. There is thought to be over 1000 different mutations of the Pinot Noir grape, including the Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc grapes.
Pinot Noir is thought to have been around in the Roman times, with the rest of the Pinot family and grown in Burgundy since 1 A.D after it was said to have been brought over to France from their invasions of Lombardy and Italy. In Burgundy today, their 'Slopes of Gold' carry approximately a 30 mile stretch of the Pinot family.
In France, outside Burgundy, Pinot Noir is also used in Alsace and in the Loire Valley where wines produced are normally on the lighter side.
The use of Pinot Noir grape is becoming more popular in the Languedoc region and after an unconvincing period, several producers are now offering exciting Pinot Noir. Some of our top Pinot Noir wine producers are located in the Languedoc Minervois, which includes Pierre Cros, Château de Guery and Domaine Villeyroux Forest.
Pinot Noir in Wine Making
Pinot Noir is most commonly used in the U.S and in France, with Burgundy being the leading region for Pinot Noir wine production. The Pinot Noir grape is also commonly used in the production of Champagne and some other sparkling wines.
Pinot Noir wines are very versatile to food pairings, because of the flavours in the wines. However, the characteristics of the wine can vary hugely, depending on terroir and wine making techniques. Some of the best Pinot Noir wines generally age well, with the perfect serving temperature around 13 degrees celsius for the perfect combination of flavours.
Our 100% Pinot Noir Wines
Côtes de Gascogne: Domaine Horgelus Colombard-Sauvignon 2021
Tasting Notes This exquisite marriage of colombard and sauvignon reveals citrus and floral aromas, very refreshing and full of flavours. This wine is perfect as an aperitif and with all fish and seafood dishes. Wine Info Region Sud Ouest Appellation...
Côtes de Gascogne: Domaine Horgelus Sauvignon & Gros Manseng 2020
Tasting Notes The duo of Sauvignon and Gros-Manseng will seduce you with its intense notes of exotic and citrus fruits, with a streak of minerality and freshness. Wine Info Region Sud Ouest Appellation Côtes de Gascogne Style White Producer Domaine...
Pays d'Oc: Domaine Villepeyroux Forest Marselan 2017
Tasting Notes Its intense and deep purple robe presents a mix of powerful red and stewed fruit aromas. The concentrated and sophisticated lingering flavour is a great balance between acidity, intensity and tannin. A limited production of only 13,355 bottles. Wine...
Cité de Carcassonne: Les Hauts de Lalande Red 2020
Tasting Notes A carefully blended mixture of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot, giving a beautiful, rich elegant and smooth wine with a lot of fruit. Wine Info Region Languedoc-Roussillon Appellation Cité de Carcassonne Style Red, Oaked Producer Domaine...
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Minervois: Domaine Pierre Cros Tradition Red 2019
Tasting Notes A most popular wine from the Minervois region of Languedoc. Good texture and balance with a spicy finish, with a complex nose of black fruits and many spices. Wine Info Region Languedoc-Roussillon Appellation Minervois Style Red Producer Domaine...
£78.00 from £13.00
Côtes de Gascogne: Domaine Horgelus Rosé 2021
Tasting Notes Born from the marriage of Merlot, Tannat and Cabernet, this wine reveals an intense and complex bouquet composed of wild strawberries, citrus fruits and fresh blackcurrants. Wine Info Region Sud Ouest Appellation Côtes de Gascogne Style Rosé Producer...
Minervois: Domaine Sicard 6/4 Red 2019
Tasting Notes Majority of Grenache, a true 'raspberry' wine and taste on the palate. Wine Info Region Languedoc-Roussillon Appellation Minervois Style Red Producer Domaine Sicard Grapes 80% Grenache Noir, 10% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre Pairing Beef Keeping Drink within 5 years of...
£72.00 from £12.00
Alpes-de-Haute-Provence: Chateau de Rousset Les Bambines 2020
Tasting Notes Under a robe of lychee, this ripe rose releases elegantly intense notes of melon and cassis, before moving towards Muscat scents. Good density on the palate is set by a youthful vivacity and a pleasant fruitiness. Wine Info Region Provence Appellation...
£81.00 from £13.50