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Grape in focus: Pinot Noir

In honour of this noble grape and to celebrate the sensational wines made using Pinot Noir we're going to have a bottle or two open and available to taste every Saturday. We have also put together some tastings packs too, that express many of the different styles from across the world to show off "the connoisseurs grape".

In honour of this noble grape and to celebrate the sensational wines made using Pinot Noir we're going to have a bottle or two open and available to taste every Saturday. We have also put together some tastings packs too, that express many of the different styles from across the world to show off "the connoisseurs grape".

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To celebrate Pinot Noir we’re having informal tastings at our shop, No.1 Castle Gate, each Saturday. Come and join us to learn more.

Affectionately known as “the connoisseurs grape” this fussy little variety needs more care and attention in the vineyard than any other. Thankfully the wine-maker’s skill and patience is amply rewarded as we hope to show you through these stunning wines.

Top Five Facts on Pinot Noir

- Thin skinned with small, tight bunches, it’s a tricky grape to grow requiring skill and attention.

- It requires cool climate conditions to develop complex flavours and avoid becoming bland.

- Key flavour profiles include raspberry and strawberry. Oak maturation adds richness and vanilla. Truffles and game meat develop when bottle aged.

- Key growing areas include Burgundy (France), Champagne, New Zealand and Argentina.

- The grape plays a critical role in Champagne, adding depth to the blend along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier

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  1. Mercurey, Domaine du Meix-Foulot, 2013

    Mercurey, Domaine du Meix-Foulot, 2013 75cl

    This is a wonderful classic red Burgundy. Soft rounded aromas of cherries and wild flowers. Soft and well rounded on the palate with a long silky finish.

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    £21.60
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  2. Monthelie, Jacques Parent

    Monthelie, Jacques Parent, 2013 75cl

    A fleshy and crunchy mouth, with a red fruit expression that leaves a fresh sensation. Silky tanins and a long, intriguing finish.

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  3. Nuits Saint Georges, Domaine Jean Chauvenet

    Nuits Saint Georges, Domaine Jean Chauvenet, 2013 75cl

    Classic Burgundian Pinot Noir with generous fruit flavours backed up by earthy notes with good complexity.

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    £35.00
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  4. Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Domaine Parent,

    Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Domaine Parent, 2014 75cl

    This Bourgogne has an eloquent, fruity bouquet displaying hints of strawberry and cherry. Well-balanced and smooth, this is a delicious, easy-drinking wine.

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    £17.28
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  5. Rully Rouge, Montagne La Folie

    Rully Rouge, Montagne La Folie, 2015 75cl

    A nose of cherry develops to a rich palate of raspberry and warming spice. Pleasant and easy drinking. 

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  6. Le Fou Pinot Noir, Pays de l'Aude

    Le Fou Pinot Noir, Pays de l'Aude 2015 75cl

    It is rare to find good Pinot Noir at this price. Sourced from fruit from the Aude Valley in the Southern end of the Languedoc this delicious wine has a wonderful silky texture with fresh red berry fruits. A great Pinot Noir that is very easy drinking.

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    £8.76
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    £9.85
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  7. Louis Guntrum Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder), Rhine

    Louis Guntrum Pinot Noir (Spätburgunder), Rhine, 2015 75cl

    Aromas of cherry and soft spice fill a nose that hints at the complexity to come on the palate. The body is light but is deified by the depth of flavour on the palate and the finish. A plethora of summer fruit with soft but influential spice make this a superb red that is great on its own or with food.

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  8. Gusbourne Pinot Noir, Kent, 2014

    Gusbourne Pinot Noir, Kent, 2014 75cl

    Unmistakably a cool climate Pinot. Aromas of red summer berries draw you in, rewarding you with hints of black pepper and underlying bonfire smoke. 

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  9. Lautarul Pinot Noir

    Lautarul Pinot Noir, 2016 75cl

    For a Pinot Noir this is quite a big wine. Wonderful juicy fruit of grapes and cherries with notes of spice and soft tannins. The finish is soft round and velvety with hints of eucalyptus.

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  10. Gouguenheim Pinot Noir, Mendoza, 2015

    Gouguenheim Pinot Noir, Mendoza, 2015 75cl

    Bright ruby red colour, with medium intensity. Intense aromas of raspberries and cherries, with mint notes. Medium body wine, with soft, silky tannins and well balanced acidity.

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    £9.48
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    £10.00
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  11. Dancing Flame Gran Reserva Pinot Noir

    Dancing Flame Gran Reserva Pinot Noir, 2015 75cl

    Supple red fruits on the palate are supported by smokey notes and a crispness on the finish.

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    £10.96
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  12. Rio Rica Pinot Noir, Maule Valley, 2013

    Rio Rica Pinot Noir, Maule Valley, 2014 75cl

    A soft, lighter bodied wine with pleanty of summer fruit on the nose and palate. This Pinot Noir has very soft tannins and a plesant finish.

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