Posts Tagged ‘pinot noir’

I love Ron Burgundy

I mean I love Red Burgundy, Pinot Noir.

Good red burgundy is expensive. However, I have on occassion found good Pinot Noir that does not break the bank, within context.  I have found a cracking wine which retails at €30 but certainly punches above its weight and it does not come from Burgundy.

People mention Otago and Oregon as offering superb Pinot Noir but little mention is made of Australia. Stonier Reserve Pinot Noir 2005, from Mornington Peninsula in Victoria is superb.

James Haliday has given this wine 94 points which again is only 1 of a number of accolades and good reviews. One other great thing about this wine is that it is in screwcap. So after 6 years this wine still tastes great and from tasting it,  it will age for a few more years to come. I am going to keep a few bottles and taste them over the next 3 years and track their evolution.

A Little spiel on Pinot Noir from Mornington on the Wine Australia Website.

Pinot Noir – There is an enormous range of styles to the region’s flagship variety, from a haunting elegance and lingering intensity through to the more complex, structured and rich expression of the land. The constant factor is the clear varietal character which is clearly pronounced throughout the different sub regions of the Peninsula. From cherry and raspberry flavours with soft tannins in the higher areas to more tannic, elegant yet assertive wines with plum fruit in the warmer areas. Mornington Peninsula winemakers understand Pinot Noir vines are fussy – they choose their homes with fastidious care, insisting on precise combinations of temperature, humidity, aspect and ripening time. Such special conditions are difficult to find in Australia, but the cool, green rolling hills and valleys of the Mornington Peninsula provide a perfect home’


By the way I polished off the remaining bottles at the weekend.


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Tindall Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 2007

Pinot Noir is always expensive, especially in Burgundy and the prices are creeping up for pinot from the New World also; so it is nice to pick up a bargain now and then. The company I work for imports this wine so you might expect me to have a natural bias. I have tasted it numerous times and never really thought about the quality and compared it to pinot noir from Burgundy.

I really like Burgundy but have never been blinded to the discrepancies in quality for the prices that you pay. This wine sells mainly in the on-trade mainly but is available in some independent off licences and sells there for about €20.

The 2007 vintage in Marlborough was heralded for the intensity of flavour for the Pinot Noir. Jancis Robinson declared that  ‘ the Marlborough vintage of 2007 may go down in history as the one that produced some of the most intense flavours ever and could be accompanied by lower alcohol levels’.

This wine is great, the flavours are ripe but have some restraint. The tannins are discreet and there is a great length on the palate with soft red fruits. I am not sure that it is possible to get a bottle of Burgundy for the same price and quality in Ireland but I will make it my mission to find out.

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gevrey chambertin 2000Gevrey-Chambertin is the largest of the Communes in the Cote de Nuits. It makes exclusively red wine from Pinot Noir. It has 9 Grand Crus and 26 Premier Crus and numerous lieux-dits. A lieux-dit is a specific plot within a commune which is regarded as producing better wine that the commune in general but not being classified as a Premier or Grand Cru. If a plot is classified as Premier Cru or Grand Cru many Burgundians refer to it as a Climat.

Gevrey-Chambertin produce full-bodied, structured wines that can be classified as being masculine. In their youth they can convey aromas of strawberry, mulberry and violets. With age the tertiary aromas come to the fore with more gamey and undergrowth (sous-bois) notes.

Domaine Gerard Seguin Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2000. The Vielles Vignes refers to old vines which produce less fruit as they get older and make more concentrated wines. For a Commune wine, 9 years old can be pushing it. This wine has certainly plateaued but there arestill a few years left before it dries out.

It displayed a lovely bright ruby colour indicating ageing. The palate was smooth with lean cherry fruit and a medium to long length on the palate. It retails at around €40.oo and was available from JYMI wines in Limerick.

Gevrey-Chambertin map copy

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beaune Teurons 2002 copy

Just to show that I don’t hate Bouchard here is something more positive. Teurons is a Climat that many people suggest can be on a par with the red Grand Crus within the Cote de Beaune. 2002 was a great vintage for red Burgundy so I had great expectations. It certainly did not disappoint. I decanted it for an hour just to open it up. It had lost all its youthful purple hue and was a rich, warm ruby colour. The bouquet was more fruity with notes of cherry and some spice. It was medium weight on the palate and displayed generous fruit flavours. Long length befitting its reputation. Great wine.

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