Welcome to the Pinot Noir Boudoir!
Those of you in Singapore, not Myanmar,
Grab your caviar, light your cigar,
Prepare the world that you'll be incognito, au revoir,
Because it's time for enjoyment, time for Pinot Noir!
Where have you been hiding all of these years?!
Pinot Noir has a definite & certain “je ne sais quoi”! It is one of the oldest grapes in the world (if not the oldest) and it is notorious for being the “heartbreak grape”. It is related to Chardonnay and what many people don’t realize is that when they are drinking a Pinot Blanc or Pinot Gris/Grigio, they are actually enjoying a wine made from Pinot Noir grapes.
We are all in love with at least one special bottle of Pinot Noir. Those lacking strict monogamist tendencies probably have an entire boudoir stacked with more than a few.
It’s picky, it’s pretentious, and it’s a handful but yet so charming and enduring! It’s Pinot Noir!
If red wine ages well & looks could kill, then this grape has nailed it big time!
Some could argue that Pinot Noir is, in fact, the oldest (or at least the oldest documented) wine. It’s been mentioned in the Bible (in the Garden of Eden), in ancient Egypt & Roman times and planted France centuries ago. The most magical and deceiving fact though is that most things develop a hard shell when withstanding such huge periods of time. They evolve; they lose vulnerability to factors threatening their survival and hence become more straight-forward and simple. With Pinot Noir, this is not the case. The grape has sustained its elegance, it’s subtleness, it’s complacency.
The grape has been compared to a butterfly – beautiful, divine, captivating and mesmerising. One has to take special care not to be too aggressive when in contact with the grape and can only appreciate its beauty for a short while once it’s ripe and then you have to let it fly. It is not a straight forward wine. It is complex, complicated. It is elegant but restrained.
It is known as the growers “heartbreaker” because it is extremely pretentious in terms of climate, precipitation and other factors. It grows in cooler climates. It is thin-skinned, thus too much water can damage the skin and rot the fruit. It takes a long time to ripen and has to be picked quickly thereafter. Very often after an enormous amount of care, something goes wrong and the grower has to face the fact that the vintage is ruined. This year’s love is leaving without any sweet memories of itself engraved in every bottle and every sip of wine produced.
Good looks run in the family!
Chardonnay, another old grape is related to Pinot Noir. How? Thousands of years ago Pinot Noir was crossed with a (now extinct) grape called Gouais Blanc to produce what is modern day Chardonnay. So following grape DNA through the years, we see that these two have a mingling history.
Speaking of genetics – Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are actually all Pinot Noir. There are some modifications in each, of course (mainly the colour in the skins) but essentially they all exhibit the same characteristics because they have the same DNA.
If you’re not intrigued by now then you probably should go and get a sanity check. For appreciators, start exploring! Life is tooooo short to think you have experienced everything, especially when it comes to getting to know Pinot Noir.
à Votre Santé & Au Revoir!