This post is part of a series that I will be writing about over the next week leading up to the Pinot Noir Twitter Tasting and Smackdown that was organized by two wine blogger extraordinaires, WineTonite and SuburbanWino. The Pinot Noir event is designed to be an appreciation of all things Pinot Noir from the various places where Pinot is grown. I have decided to write a bit about my favorite Pinot Noir from Burgundy.
Pinot Noir has become an increasingly debated grape in wine circles over the last 5 years or so. For various reasons, some driven by popular media and press, Pinot Noir has become a hot grape. In the United States, wineries in both California and Oregon have been cranking out great Pinot Noir for years. Some, like the Hanzell and Williams Selyem wineries in California, produce Pinot Noirs that are truly age-worthy and world class wines.
That being said, the motherland for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, France. While there are debates to be raged about whether all Pinot Noir aspires to be Burgundian Pinot Noir, the fact remains that hills and slopes of Burgundy have a history with the Pinot Noir grape like no other region.
Consider this podcast from the folks at GrapeRadio, in which Jacques Ladiere, winemaker at Louis Jadot since 1970, discusses history of Pinot Noir in Burgundy. Are you aware of the fact that vineyards in Burgundy, such as the Grand Cru vineyard, Bonnes Mares, have been producing Pinot Noir grapes since 2,000 years before Christ! Considering that fact, what else can I say that matters? There's a history in the hills and vines of Burgundy that can't be reproduced or imitated by machine or man.