As prices rise inexorably for Côte d’Or wines, the wines of the Côte Chalonnaise look better and better value. The village of Rully produces good reds and whites, and this Pinot Noir from Domaine Belleville is a great example; all cherry fruit and smooth tannins.
We can’t offer a Pinot Noir case without a Côte d’Or red, can we? Maurice and Joanna Ecard do it all themselves; a typical small domaine, but less typically, all of their vines are in Savigny-les-Beaune. Les Serpentieres is their most prestigious vineyard and it shows.
Loire Pinot Noir has come a long way in recent decades, thanks in no small part to global warming. Elisa Gueneau’s top Pinot Noir comes from just half an acre of old vines and could easily be mistaken for a Côte d’Or wine, especially in a great vintage like 2015.
Folding Hill Ballasalla Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
There’s little doubt that New Zealand’s Central Otago is one of the ‘go-to’ places for New World Pinot and that Folding Hill are one of Central Otago’s best wineries. Ballasalla is Folding Hill’s second wine; a little less concentrated than the grand vin, but very good indeed.
Warramate Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018
By Australian standards, the Yarra Valley is a long established Pinot Noir region; James Halliday planted it back in the 1980s! Warramate Winery dates back to 1970 and produces a typically rich and meaty Pinot Noir, as well as a Chardonnay and a Cabernet blend.
Seven of Hearts Oregon Pinot Noir 2018
Oregon is to American Pinot what Central Otago is to Kiwi Pinot, and in Byron and Dana Dooley, it has Pinot fanatics to rival any in the world. Between their two labels; Seven of Hearts and Luminous Hills, they make about a dozen Pinots; all of them excellent!