Celebrate International Pinot Noir Day on August 18th

Pinot Noir Day is a good excuse to push the boat out and open a few special bottles. Pxhere

After celebrating the existence of several fairly minor grape varieties it is now time to toast the future health of pinot noir.

Pinot noir is such an expressive wine. It provides a sensory record of place, vintage, viticulture and winemaking.

I buy, drink and hoard more pinot noir than any other wine style. The greatest wine I have ever tasted was a pinot noir – the 1985 Mugnier Musigny, although I must confess that it shared line honours with an Aussie cabernet shiraz – the 1962 Penfolds Bin 60A.

Pinot noir is such an expressive wine. It provides a sensory record of place, vintage, viticulture and winemaking. When the stars align it can be truly mind-blowing. The stars don’t often align which makes the wine even more precious when they do.

International Pinot Noir Day is a good excuse to push the boat out and open a few special bottles. I plan to open a youthful 2017 Felton Road Block 5 Pinot Noir to check that it still deserves my 100-point score. I will open my last remaining bottle of 2009 Bell Hill Pinot Noir and an as-yet-untasted bottle of 2003 Mugnier Musigny, which I hope is still buried in an inaccessible part of my wine cellar.

Naturally, I will invite a few pinot-loving friends who will be welcome to contribute wines of their own.

The wine will be partnered with a simple meal of steak and chips. The steak will be cooked on vine cuttings – pinot noir of course.


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