IN SEARCH OF PINOT NOIR


IN SEARCH OF PINOT NOIR

BENJAMIN LEWIN    Book Number: 86154    Product format: Hardback

The Pinot Noir grape is one of the glories of the Burgundian region, but what happens when it leaves its native soil? The ultimate terroir grape, it is almost always produced on a small scale, and Burgundy itself has less than 7000 hectares, compared with 30,000 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Bordeaux region. Although the Baden area of Germany is growing, Burgundy remains the largest single producer, and starting there the author tracks the grape through Germany to Italy and Switzerland's Graubunden, followed by north America, New Zealand and Australia. Each chapter is followed by comprehensive tasting notes from the vineyards visited. Quite a lot of Pinot Noir goes into rosé or sparkling wine, but neither shows the typicity of the grape with the clarity of a dry red. Even in Burgundy a fair amount of the yield goes into Crémant, a sparkling wine made by the same methods as champagne and fast growing in popularity. Pinot Noir is a cool climate grape and with global warming the champagnes of Champagne are becoming heavy; the author speculates whether the UK, with its large areas of limestone, may in the future become a prime champagne-producing region. North American production is particularly concentrated in the Sonoma Valley, of which it is said that there are more soil types than in the whole of France, while Australian Pinot Noir ranges from the big wines of Central Otago to the coolness and minerality of the Lake Wanaka yield. A must-read for the wine buff, full of tastings and detail. 424pp, colour photos, tasting notes, 19 x 26cm.
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ISBN 9780983729204
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