4 Pinot Noirs to purchase in 2017

  • Pinot Noir
  • Domaine Marquis D’Angerville
  • Pinot Noir 2014, Tolpuddle Vineyard
  • Hochheim Reichestal Spatburgunder 2010
  • Felton Road, Block 5 Pinot Noir 2015

For many wine lovers, Pinot Noir represents the moment they made the leap from high school to college in the wine appreciation world: this delicate yet flavourful red ambrosia demands attention and rewards patience.

Pinot Noir can be found in almost every wine-producing region, but Burgundy in eastern France is the grape’s true home, with a growing tradition that dates back more than 1,000 years and hundreds of appellations that offer different styles of the wine.

Cote d’Or is one of Burgundy’s most notable regions for Pinot Noir. Its limestone soils have produced some of the world’s best wines: the sub-region of Cote de Nuits consists of appellations like Chambolle Musigny, where Pinot Noir takes on a lithe, elegant profile; and Gevrey-Chambertin, home to the highest number of grand cru vineyards, which are located on slopes with excellent soil drainage and exposure to the sun. Here are four to purchase this year.

1. Domaine Marquis D’Angerville

Premier Cru Taillepieds 2013

While grand crus are top drawer, it’s not uncommon to find premier cru (the level below grand cru) quaffs that are just as memorable as the former. Domaine Marquis d’Angerville, for example, sits in Cote de Beaune’s commune of Volnay, where there are no grand cru plots. But the estate’s premier cru wines have a cultish following, thanks to the efforts of Guillaume d’Angerville, who took over the property after his father’s death in 2003. D’Angerville got rid of chemicals in the vineyards and adopted biodynamic viticulture. One of the domaine’s excellent wines is Premier Cru Taillepieds, which underwent an erratic growing season (including a July hailstorm that caused significant damage) until the tail end of summer, when sunny and dry days gave the fruit much needed vigour. The wine’s trademark spicy dark fruit is matched by mineral accents and gripping tannins. Put this youthful gem away in the cellar for another five to 10 years.

Domaine Marquis D’Angerville

2. Tolpuddle Vineyard

Pinot Noir 2014

Tolpuddle Vineyard in Tasmania’s Coal River Valley has made a name for itself as one of the island-state’s top cool climate Pinot Noir producers. This wine flaunts notes of cherry, plum and soya, as well as a gentle floral bouquet that defines many of the region’s Pinot Noir makers. Available from Vintage Fine Wines, S$104.

Tolpuddle Vineyard

3. Weingut Kunstler

Hochheim Reichestal Spatburgunder 2010

In Germany, Pinot Noir is known as Spatburgunder. In recent years, some spellbinding Spatburgunders from the Mosel and Rheingau regions are giving their French counterparts a run for their money. To get an idea of Rheingau’s potential, check out Weingut Kunstler’s Hochheim Reichestal Spatburgunder 2010. The vineyard’s sandy loam-loess soil encourages early vine blooming and a longer ripening period for the grape, a characteristic that lends this Spatburgunder its intense cherry notes, sturdy structure and lingering finish. Available from
Schmidt Vinothek, price upon request.

Weingut Kunstler

4. Felton Road

Block 5 Pinot Noir 2015

In the 1990s, before New Zealand’s region of Central Otago became a critics’ darling for Kiwi Pinot, there was Felton Road winery, which was already making big strides with Pinot Noir and setting benchmarks for others to follow. The winery’s Block 5 Pinot Noir 2015 remains its signature wine; a delicate quaff that weaves accents of cherry, soya and rose petals. Drink it now or put it away for a few more years. Available from Vintage Fine Wines, S$141.

Felton Road

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Published 21st April 2017
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