Thursday 26th August
It is easy to see why one well-known wine list in London calls Pinot Noir the heartbreak grape. Haunting perfume, weightless delicacy but persistence, power and focus are the signatures of this most beguiling of vines. Beyond its ability to break hearts by its beauty, it can also break bank balances when it comes to the great wines of Burgundy which are increasingly sought after the world over. However, with beautiful Pinot Noir being grown all over the world, and even in the less well-known vineyards of Burgundy, there is still great value to be had and for this tasting we have hunted out three of the best that we have discovered in recent months. An energetic brightly fruited wine from Martinborough on New Zealand's North Island gets us underway before we cross to South Africa's Western Cape for a lifted, orange scented pinot that exemplifies pinot's capacity to be both aerial and intense. Finally we return to Pinot Noir's ancestral home in Burgundy to Mercurey just south of the storied vineyards of the Cote d'Or in the Chalonnaise with a wine that is full of savoury, autumnal flavours that classicists will love.
Scroll down to see the wines included in this tasting pack.