Pinot Noir – Pleasing but petulant. Tasting Panel Results

The Sommelier India Tasting Panel recently assessed Pinot Noir wines available in India from around the world. The wines were tasted blind on two separate occasions and rated out of 20 taking the average of panelists individual scores.

Pinot Noir is a temperamental grape variety. Even in its native Burgundy, it can be reluctant to show its true quality and it’s difficult to extract the elegant, silky flavours that are its hallmark. Pinot Noir can be grown and made into wine only in cool climate regions, which is why it is grown in smaller quantities than other varieties and is often expensive. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay have adapted with remarkable ease to a variety of climates and terrains, but not Pinot Noir. It sulks, responding badly to warmer climates, not to mention ill-judged vinification techniques. But at its best, it produces some of the finest red wine in the world. In Burgundy, almost all red wine is made from Pinot Noir, with the exception of Beaujolais. It is also an important component of most Champagnes.

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