Pinot Noir’s reputation as an ephemeral variety is under review. A combination of experience, technology and climate change has brought less winemaker’s heartbreak with this fastidious, thin-skinned variety. But when you get it right, many regard it as the most rewarding, yet haunting, red wine.
Its appeal lies in complex aromas and silky textures yet they can also be powerful, making it the variety most likely to provide the holy grail of winemaking – power and elegance. Such is the demand for Burgundian Pinot, for example, that families can make a comfortable living owning a few rows of Grand Cru vineyards.