Red Wine

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir’s mythical home Burgundy has produced some of the world’s most inspiring wines.

The exhilarating personality of Pinot Noir has seen the wine world take up the fickle challenge to grow the ‘heartbreak grape’! Pinot is difficult to grow, demanding low yields if you want to achieve quality, with an incredibly short picking window to get it right, and, unforgiving in the winery.

Where is it grown?

You’ll find it in Germany, Austria, many other regions in France, America, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Plantings in the New World expanded rapidly from the 1980’s and continue to grow today.
The early plantings are now mature and we’re seeing balanced old vines produce high-quality fruit. Beyond vine maturity, winemakers have now had decades of experience making Pinot and are producing sophisticated wines of ever increase quality. Given the demand and exponential price growth of Burgundy, that’s something we’re thankful for!

In Australia, initial plantings were of two main clones MV6 and D5V12, also known as ‘Upright’ and ‘Droopy’ respectively in reference to their growing habit. MV6 has definitely been the winner of the two! In the late 1990’s, there was n influx of the ‘Dijon clones’ particularly 114, 115, 667, and, 777. You’ll often see these clonal names on wine labels. More recently the Pommard clone, and, Abel, initially smuggled into New Zealand from the vineyards of Romanée-Conti have made it to Australia.

In the early days, you’d see bottles of Pinot + Hermitage coming out of the Hunter. Now, we see the cool climate regions in Victoria: Yarra Valley; Mornington; Macedon; and; Gippsland, South Australia: Adelaide Hills, and, most regions across Tasmania making the most exciting wines.

Martinborough, Marlborough, and, Otago in New Zealand are making some wonderful wines.

What does it taste like?

Like any variety, there is an incredible diversity of flavours, aromas, and, textures to be found in Pinot.

From fresh red fruits to darker, spicier fruit. Earthy, savoury, truffley, perfumed, floral characters are all in the mix. We see aroma, flavour and texture layered in from inclusion of stalks, whole bunches, techniques like carbonic maceration, cold soaking (maceration), oak use and beyond. In their youth, good Burgundies are often tightly wound, and less giving. Plush, supple textures are the hallmark of good Burgundy, although some more robust wines are a pleasure to devour as well. As a generalisation, we’ve seen a shift to a more gentle extraction of tannins and wines that are more approachable by those who have historically made more extracted Pinot in Burgundy. Leroux’s efforts in Pommard and Faiveley’s efforts across the region are good examples.

They often go into a dip for a few years after bottling and emerge transformed. A fully mature top-end Burgundy is entrancing, intoxicating, and, has such incredible expression and personality that you can be happy just smelling it! The secondary development of these wines offers incredible harmony, they become seamless, complexity lifts to a new level, yet it is hard to pick out any individual flavours and aromas. The best manage the trick of having incredible depth of length of flavour yet a light presence, dancing across your palate!

We’re writing a series of posts exploring the villages of Burgundy that you can read in the Wine Bites Mag.

The counterpoint is that Burgundy can be a dismal experience with many wines banking on the name and classification of their vineyard to charge prices they are not worthy of. It can be a minefield if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Equally, there are still some affordable hidden gems!

For many years the new world tried to make great Burgundy instead of great Pinot. With growing experience, confidence, and, balanced, old vine fruit, new world makers are simply making the best possible expressions of Pinot they can from their sites. Broad experimentation is still ongoing as always with wine, but, has slowed a little. Focus on fruit sorting and gentle handling has allowed almost infinite control of the ‘infusion’ of tannins, colour, and, flavour from each berry, as opposed to extraction. Great experience with élévage has resulted in great clarity of how to expose the wines to oxygen and sulphur and achieve more expression from the end wines.

All in all new world wines are competing with Burgundy up to all but the highest level wines, and, with the prices of Burgundy on upward trajectory are great value drinking.

New world wines tend to be more immediately giving and opulent than their Burgundian counterparts. Not as long-lived, they still undergo a transformation as they age, although, perhaps, not to the same degree as the greatest Burgundies.

On top of all of this, climate, change is having a dramatic effect, both in the New and Old World. Vintages are more extreme in Burgundy, picking times are earlier than they were a decade ago, although partly as a result of balanced old vines in the new world.

The best wines will come from the growers and makers who are agile, react and learn from the change.


A Stellar Bourgogne from Vourgeraie


This year Vougeraie’s Terre de Famille contains young vine fruit from Gevrey-Chambertin Les Evocelles 1er Cru,  Nuits Saint-Georges Clos des Thorey 1er Cru, Volnay 1er Cru’s and the Hautes Côtes de Beaune. BOOM!

Domaine de la Vougeraie Bourgogne Terre de Famille Pinot Noir 2019

Great value Burgundy that's playful and fun.
$84
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2019 Clos de Tart


Landing December 2021

Clos de Tart 1er Cru ‘La Forge de Tart’ 2019

“This comes from the section known as La Forge, plus a young vine planting from 2011, and “Ballonge 2” where the plant selection could be better – it will be top-grafted shortly. One third whole bunch in the Ballonge component makes about 15% in all. This is a glowing purple colour, without the black. A light reduction on the nose which later shows as toasty barrel. Very complete, sensual, with good unforced acidity, more red fruit than black. Still a certain masculinity. Surprising leng
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Clos de Tart Grand Cru Monopole 2019

“70% new wood. Purple black, with a light reduction on the nose, but a massive heart to it. Waves of fruit, red and black fighting it out, incredible intensity through the middle, a very good little touch of acidity at the back. Clos de Tart is never going to be a sensual wine though there is plenty of flesh on the bones. Perfectly judged ripeness here. Probably a bit more than 50% whole bunch has been used overall, but the decision is made for each individual cuvee. I retasted the 2019 having

Clos de Tart Grand Cru Monopole MAGNUM 2019

“70% new wood. Purple black, with a light reduction on the nose, but a massive heart to it. Waves of fruit, red and black fighting it out, incredible intensity through the middle, a very good little touch of acidity at the back. Clos de Tart is never going to be a sensual wine though there is plenty of flesh on the bones. Perfectly judged ripeness here. Probably a bit more than 50% whole bunch has been used overall, but the decision is made for each individual cuvee. I retasted the 2019 having

“A much more floral suffused nose reflects notes of essence of plum, cassis, black raspberry liqueur, herbal tea and discreet wood influence. There is excellent volume and mid-palate density to the sappy, refined and tautly muscular larger-scaled flavors that coat the palate on the lingering and firmer finish that is shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins on the balanced finish where a subtle hint of warmth slowly emerges. This is still very compact and clearly evolving but it should be terrific in time.” Drink 2034+
Allen Meadows – Burghound.com 93-95 Points

“70% new wood. Purple black, with a light reduction on the nose, but a massive heart to it. Waves of fruit, red and black fighting it out, incredible intensity through the middle, a very good little touch of acidity at the back. Clos de Tart is never going to be a sensual wine though there is plenty of flesh on the bones. Perfectly judged ripeness here. Probably a bit more than 50% whole bunch has been used overall, but the decision is made for each individual cuvee. I retasted the 2019 having just tasted the 2018 wines from the estate, which showed the 2019 in a fresher light. The bouquet holds up really well and there is a terrific mineral crunch to finish. The red fruit starts to take the lead and the precision of this first class Clos de Tart was clear to see.”
Jasper Morris – insideburgundy.com 96-99 Points

“The 2019 Clos de Tart Grand Cru is very promising indeed, wafting from the glass with notes of wild berries, peonies, rose hips, warm spices, sweet soil tones and musk. Full-bodied, velvety and layered, it’s deep and concentrated, with lively acids, refined tannins and a long, perfumed finish. Matured in 70% new oak, this is a much more dynamic, classically proportioned and, indeed, soulful wine than its 2018 counterpart.”
William Kelley – Parker’s Wine Advocate 94-96 Points

“The 2019 Clos de Tart Grand Cru is first vintage where winemaker Alessandro Noli has 100% responsibility and so the buck stops with him. Firstly that dialling down of new wood was the correct decision because already it is seamlesly entwined within the aromatics, allowing the quite plush Dorset plum, bilberry and light estuarine aromas to flourish from the glass. Impressive delineation here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannins, very well judged acidity, great harmony from the start. Good salinity, that saltiness leaving a residues on the tongue and leaves it tingling and it feels reassuringly persistent. I think this is a great success for Noli and doubtless it will age well over the next 25-30 years. Welcome to the new Clos de Tart.”
Neal Martin – Vinous 96-98 Points

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Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard ... A REVELATION!!


Thierry’s wines are a celebration of the diversity of terroirs across Pommard and their expressions. Wonderful drinking all with unique personalities of their own.

What strikes me is how clearly the quality of fruit has raised the base level of quality from year to year!


Pommard 1er Cru '1er Les Arvelets'


Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er ‘Les Arvelets’ 2016

Incredibly together, sophisticated and elegant this has such harmony. Wonderful refinement even long palate. Baking spice on red fruit with a touch of slatey tannin. Beautiful, it draws you in, so much coming out as it opens in the glass. Roses and perfume layered in with savoury pops and earthiness. Beautifully played oak again just a gently sweep across the palate. Divine Wine!
$234
$224ea in any 3+
$214ea in any 6+

Pommard 1er Cru '1er Les Fremiers'


Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er ‘Les Fremiers’ 2016

Fascinating drinking here. More down the strawberry line. With excellent harmony. This is divine, violets and underlying savoury notes. Another excercise in textural difference. Arvelet so even fine and plush, derrière building in structure, Fremier super high quality tannins with a very slight mid-palate prominence and wonderful length of tannin. Drinking these wines side by side is a demonstration in the diversity of Pommard, a celebration of the differences between vineyards.
$234
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Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er ‘Les Fremiers’ 2017

Want to deep dive into the Village of Pommard? Check the Wine Bites Mag article “Getting Your Head Around Burgundy Part 6 – The Reds of Pommard from the Côte de Beaune” About Thierry Violot-Guillemard Importer, Euan’s story of discovering this 5th generation Domaine is one of Serendipity. After too many stays in bland hotels visiting […]
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Pommard 1er Cru 'La Platière'


Planted in 1936!

Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er ‘La Platière’ 2016

Stunning. Beautiful perfume such a divine fragrance that leaps out of the glass. Excellent energy. Zesty fine acid, the texture here is exceptional. There is often a misconception that wines from Pommard are brutish, structured and will need decoded to even be approachable. Like most things in life, mass generalisation does no one any favours. Although this undoubtedly has much much more to give with time it is divine with super fine tannins now! Layered and complex with perfumed persistant f
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Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er ‘La Platière’ 2017

Rounder, plusher than the 2016. A lovely differentiation between vintage that still sees the qualities of clearly very fine house at play. None of the reduction Meadows noted on first release is present now. A little more time is needed for this to show it’s full colours at the moment. A little more savoury with the same fruit energy at play. As seems to be the case for the Domaine there is a harmony that you don’t always see in Burgundy. Superb drinking.
$238
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Pommard 1er Cru ‘Clos de Derrière Saint-Jean’ Monopole


Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er ‘Clos de Derrière Saint-Jean’ Monopole 2016

Opens with juicy crunchy fruit that takes just a little while to settle in. More immediately overt than the others. There’s a build in tannin here that when you relate it back to the vineyard location near Rugien and listen to Anne Parents thoughts on Pommard makes sense. A certain savoury meatiness comes through. You can see this will need a little more time in bottle to really come together. Excellent depth and length of fruit as seems to be the case with all of Thierry’s wines.
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Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er ‘Clos de Derrière Saint-Jean’ Monopole 2017

Well I couldn't find a review of this and haven't had a chance to taste it. Given the other 9 wines from 2016 and 2017 I've tried it's hard to see this being anything but true to form and simply put a 2017 version of the 2016! My Note on the 2016: Opens with juicy crunchy fruit that takes just a little while to settle in. More immediately overt than the others. There’s a build in tannin here that when you relate it back to the vineyard location near Rugien and listen to Anne Parents
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In Magnum!

Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er ‘Clos de Derrière Saint-Jean’ Monopole MAGNUM 2017

Well I couldn't find a review of this and haven't had a chance to taste it. Given the other 9 wines from 2016 and 2017 I've tried it's hard to see this being anything but true to form and simply put a 2017 version of the 2016! My Note on the 2016: Opens with juicy crunchy fruit that takes just a little while to settle in. More immediately overt than the others. There’s a build in tannin here that when you relate it back to the vineyard location near Rugien and listen to Anne Parents
$550
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Pommard 1er Cru 'Les Épenots'


A Grand Cru in all but name!

Anne Parent describes ‘Les Épenots’ as the best 1er Cru of the northern part of Pommard, have lots of clay over limestone. Producing wines of finesse, elegance, complexity with long finish precision & silky tannins. The high fashion of Pommard, the mysterious one.

Thierry’s Épenots is from Petit Épenots, considered by many to be the superior part of the vineyard.

Both ‘Les Épenots’ and ‘Les Rugiens’ have been proposed to be upgraded to Grand Cru status. The history of why they were listed as 1er Cru is fascinating based more on increased taxes on Grand Cru rather than the quality of the wine!

Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er ‘Les Épenots’ 2016

There are 2 vineyards that are talked of when the best of Pommard is discussed. Les Épenots and Les Rugiens. It’s clear tasting Thierry's interpretations of these vineyards that there is merit in those discussion. WOW! This is very good. Seriously good. Again the vitality, stunning perfume, divine tannins of depth and style. The depth and drive through the finish of exceptional flavours. I am in a very happy place. A build in tannin weight over La Platiere with extra layers, a gentle sweep
$290
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Pommard 1er Cru 'Les Rugiens'


A Grand Cru in all but name!

Anne Parent describes ‘Les Rugiens’ as having very different expressions depending on the exact site but tending to be more masculine.

Thierry’s ‘Les Rugiens’ comes from the bottom of the ‘Les Rugiens Haut’

Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er ‘Les Rugiens’ 2016

There are 2 vineyards that are talked of when the best of Pommard is discussed. Les Épenots and Les Rugiens. It’s clear tasting Thierry's interpretations of these vineyards that there is merit in those discussion. The 2016 Les Rugien is exceptional. Darker, tighter and more structured than the Epenots while there is an extra edge to the tannins they are of very high quality. The oak is handled well again with just a fine sweep across nose and palate, nothing overt or distracting from a won
$290
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Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard Pommard 1er ‘Les Rugiens’ 2017

As expected this is delicious, and that little bit more giving over the 2016. I’d go so far as to say it’s drinking well now, again like all of the wines of the estate I’ve tried, a little extra time will be its friend. While I say it is drinking well now, I mean as a young Burgundy, the metamorphisis that occurs with great Burgundy always requires time. It’ll be smack bang in the drinking window well before the 2016. This is a case of celebrating the difference not necessarily choosing
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Anne Parent shares her thoughts on the secrets to understanding Pommard in this podcast with Levi Dalton. Most revealing is here exploration of the diversity of styles, significant difference between the northern and southern parts of Pommard and within the two great vineyards ‘Les Épenots’ and ‘Les Rugiens’

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Louis Boillot's Gear!


Louis Boillot & Ghislain Barthod Share a Beautiful Cellar in Chambolle-Musigny!

Louis manages the vines of both estates, while they make their wines separately

Bourgogne

Domaine Louis Boillot Bougogne 2016

There is a level of sophistication that you typically only see at the next level up, the village wines!
$74
$70ea in any 3+
$66ea in any 6+

Côte-de-Nuits

Domaine Louis Boillot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Champonnet’ 2016

This is also slightly reduced and it's enough to render the nose difficult to assess. The medium-bodied flavors are both more powerful and concentrated though at the expense of less refinement and minerality on the driving and impressively persistent finish. This will need to add depth to merit the upper end of my predicted range but the underlying material appears to be present so that this can eventually happen. Patience required. ♥ Outstanding Allen Meadows
$210
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$190ea in any 6+

Domaine Louis Boillot Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru ‘les Prûliers’ 2016

Boillot has always done a remarkable job with this vineyard and 2016 will only add to that track record. There is gorgeous complexity to the fresh and notably ripe red berry fruit, humus and pungent earth scented nose. The succulent, dense and powerful broad-shouldered flavors brim with copious dry extract that mostly manages to buffer the very firm tannic spine on the superbly long finish that flashes just a trace of Nuits style rusticity. This very serious and built-to-age effort is breathtaki
$244
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Volnay

Domaine Louis Boillot Volnay 1er Cru ‘les Angles’ 2016

A relatively high-toned and more elegant nose features notes of red currant, cherry, raspberry and a hint of lavender. The super-sleek, indeed almost lacy middle weight flavors display more minerality if less density before terminating in a lingering finish that tightens up noticeably on the dusty and mildly austere finale. Allen Meadows
$174
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Domaine Louis Boillot Volnay 1er Cru ‘les Brouillards’ 2016

There's a lot to like here. The expression of potential is already clear!
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$160ea in any 6+
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Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Noir 2021

You'd be hard pressed to fined a better value Pinot than this!
Hard to beat for the $

Domaine Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru Clos de Myglands Monopole HALF 2019

Give it a couple of days open or a few years in bottle and you'll go to a happy place.
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Domaine Faiveley Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2019

Faiveley is definitely a Domaine on the Ascention
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Dappled Single Vineyard Pinot ‘Champs de Cerises’ 2020

Lovely cherry fruit as the name indicates!
$51
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DML VIN Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir 2019

D'Anna + Middleton + Lewis = DML VIN Pinot!
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DML VIN Upper Yarra Pinot Noir 2019

D'Anna + Middleton + Lewis = DML VIN Pinot!
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Domaine Bachelet-Monnot Bourgogne Rouge 2019

"Wow. This Bourgogne Rouge has serious oomph. The nose promises layers of ripe black cherries, sweet liquorice spice, dried herbs and earth... and the palate delivers. In the mouth, elegant fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity that stands up to a core of seriously concentrated fruit. But it’s the elegance with which this is all delivered that impresses me most. A delight to contemplate and an absolute pleasure to drink." Madeleine Horrigan Limit 2 bottles per person
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Incredibly Elegant!

Stefano Lubiana Pinot Noir 2019

Superb expression right out of the gate, whilst it will offer much much more with time. Excellent depth and length with layer after layer of flavour. The energy of the fruit is balanced with a darkness, spiced and an intriguing sappy hint. The acidity and tannin marry well offering up a fine long structure.
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The whole nine yards!

Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Rouge 2018

This year’s blend includes a quarter of declassified villages-level wine from St-Romain and Monthélie. The Bourgogne-level fruit is drawn mostly from the excellent Maison Dieu in Pommard, Les Mont Pellans in Meursault, some Estate vines in Volnay and even a little contribution from Vosne-Romanée (Croix Blanches). The remaining 25% comes from the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits above Vosne-Romanée. The élevage took place in 22-hectolitre Grenier cask supported by a few 228-litre Burgundian pièce
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Domaine Louis Boillot Bougogne 2016

There is a level of sophistication that you typically only see at the next level up, the village wines!
$74
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$66ea in any 6+
The whole nine yards!

Benjamin Leroux Bourgogne Rouge 2019

A great mixture of sites this year includes 25% villages wines from St-Romain Sous le Château, Savigny and Monthelie. The Bourgogne-level fruit was drawn from the excellent Maison Dieu in Pommard, Mon Poulain in Volnay, Belles Côtes in Meursault and Croix Blanche in Vosne. Then there’s a good glug from the Dames Huguettes vineyard which lies in the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits above Vosne-Romanée. Make no mistake, these are serious vineyards for a wine at this level. Leroux has alway
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Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir 2021

This wine is a composition of sections of the original 1988 planting and the 2001 Kaye vineyard. Here there are pure red fruits made more complex and seductive with creamy, spicey and earthy layers. The palate is vibrant, supple then chewy, harmonious and drives with a flourish. It will be more complex and delicious with 5+ years cellaring. Michael D
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Domaine Louis Boillot Bougogne 2017

There is a level of sophistication that you typically only see at the next level up, the village wines!
$78
$75ea in any 3+
$72ea in any 6+

Domaine de la Vougeraie Bourgogne Terre de Famille Pinot Noir 2019

Great value Burgundy that's playful and fun.
$84
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$76 in any 6+
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Domaine Jean Marc & Hughues Pavelot Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru ‘La Dominode’ HALF 2019

Pavelot's Top wine rates as one of the few remaining bargains in Burgundy!
$87
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