Pinot Noir  

Origins       

  • Ancient vine, perhaps 2,000 years old

Distant origins in France - first documented mention in France in 1375

Characteristics   

  • Finicky grape: notoriously difficult to grow (which is partly why it is hugely intriguing to New World winemakers)
  • Likes well-drained, preferably calcareous, soils
  • Problems: fruit setting and also rot (tightly packed bunches)
  • Early budder and ripener, so best in cool climates with long growing season. Often jammy or stewed in hotter climates
  • Importance of best Dijon clones, as opposed to some older plant material
  • Mutates very easily: many different clones (so can be pale or dark in colour), some very poor
  • Must be pruned to yield low, or doesn’t taste of anything
  • Fruit quality: when young, strawberries, raspberries and cherries; when mature, mushrooms, game, and "undergrowth" aromas and flavours

 Vinification / Maturation          

  • Traditional vinification in open-topped tanks; cement or big vats
  • Maturation in French oak (wherever made). In Burgundy the % of new oak varies from none to 100% depending on style of grower and stature of wie. In the New World a higher % of new oak is often used, sometimes smothering the grape

Homeland       

Burgundy

  • Specifically the Côte d’Or, from Dijon south for 50km, where it makes up over half the vineyards
  • but also Côte Chalonnaise

Also to be found in…

  • France:  near Burgundy heartland, e.g Irancy and the Central vineyards of Loire, Sancerre and Menetou-Salon (these can make very pretty wines in good summers; Alsace; Savoie and Jura
  • Germany: some highly successful Spatburgunder
  • N.E. Italy: some good Pinot Nero in Alto Adige, but usually over-cropped
  • Switzerland: the Valais
  • Slovenia: the Vipava valley

USA: California: where best in cooler valleys open to maritime influence e.g. Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Carneros (fog), Santa Maria Valley; and Oregon: wines of great style from boutique wineries

  • New Zealand: grown all over NZ but traditional success in Martinborough (S end of North Island) and Marlborough (N of South Island), followed by splendid (but sometimes over-ripe and over-alcoholic) wines from recent plantings in Central Otago in South Island.
  • Australia: usually too hot (and therefore jammy, unsubtle and fast-maturing) but some fine Pinots from cooler areas such as Adelaide Hills (S. Australia) and around Melbourne in Victoria.
  • Chile: most successful in cooler, Pacific Ocean influenced sites, e.g. Aconcagua Costa, Casablanca, San Antonio, Itata and the far south – Bio-Bio.

Our Pinot Noir Wines…

Jean Guiton, Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru, Les Hauts Jarrons 2016

From 60+ year old vines on a well drained steep slope, east-facing and very close to Beaune,...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGUI316

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Pol Roger, Champagne Réserve, Brut, NV

The classic, white foil cuvée, a blend of roughly equal thirds of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionChampagne

ColourWhite

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodePOL1NV

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Fryer's Cove, Pinot Noir, Bamboes Bay, 2017

Attractive, soft ruby tone; pretty cherry and lightly floral aromas. Supple, pleasingly fleshy...

Our Rating

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionWestern Cape

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRY617

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Thomas-Hatté, Champagne Rosé, Brut, NV

Based on Pinot Meunier. Pale pink. Red fruit and creamy nougat notes. Gentle and elegant: very...

Our Rating

Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionChampagne

ColourRosé

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeHAT5NV

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Thomas-Hatté, Champagne, Tradition, Brut, NV

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Thomas-Hatté, Champagne, Tradition, Brut, NV

Our "house" Champagne, crafted by fifth generation champagne grower Franck Thomas...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionChampagne

ColourWhite

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeHAT1NV

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Pol Roger, Champagne Vintage Brut, 2012

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Pol Roger, Champagne Vintage Brut, 2012

The blend for this famously long-lived vintage wine with its retro black and gold label is...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionChampagne

ColourWhite

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePOL312

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Errazuriz, Pinot Noir, Aconcagua Costa, 2019

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Errazuriz, Pinot Noir, Aconcagua Costa, 2019

The latest vintage of the Aconcagua Costa Pinot is again brilliant. From vineyards on schist at...

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OriginChile

RegionAconcagua

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeERR919

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Domaine J. Laurens, Cremant de Limoux Brut, Les Graimenous, 2018

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Domaine J. Laurens, Cremant de Limoux Brut, Les Graimenous, 2018

We have always said this was a dead ringer for Champagne (and frankly much more fun to drink...

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OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourWhite

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeLAU318

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Cottonworth, Sparkling Rosé, Brut, NV

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Cottonworth, Sparkling Rosé, Brut, NV

From very well-sited south facing vineyards in the Test Valley just a few miles west of us in...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginUK

RegionTest Valley

ColourRosé

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeCOT5NV

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Errazuriz, Las Pizarras, Pinot Noir, 2016

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Errazuriz, Las Pizarras, Pinot Noir, 2016

Very Burgundian wine-making: 18% whole bunch fermentation, all into open top fermenters, gentle...

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OriginChile

RegionChile

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeERR716

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Jean Guiton, Savigny Les Beaune, 2016

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Jean Guiton, Savigny Les Beaune, 2016

Aged in oak for 12 months, 20% new. Black cherry, riper and silky fruit. The tannins are well...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeGUI216

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Cottonworth, Classic Cuvee, English Sparkling Wine, NV

 Perfectly planted vineyards in the Test Valley facing south and east. Awarded two gold medals...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginUK

RegionHampshire

ColourWhite

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeCOT1NV

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Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin, Vieille Vignes, 2016

From vines planted in 1928 to the north of the village. Dense with cherry and spice, plenty of...

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OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeFUR116

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Domaine Fourrier, Morey-St-Denis, Clos Solon, 2016

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Domaine Fourrier, Morey-St-Denis, Clos Solon, 2016

From half an hectare of 40 year old vines, close to the centre of the village.This always shows...

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OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeFUR816

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MAGNUM Thomas-Hatté, Champagne Brut, NV

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MAGNUM Thomas-Hatté, Champagne Brut, NV

Our "house" Champagne, crafted by fifth generation champagne grower Franck Thomas...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionChampagne

ColourWhite

ABV12%

Magnum150cl

CodeHAT9NV

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Domaine des Dieux, Josephine Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2015

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Domaine des Dieux, Josephine Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, 2015

From cool vineyards at the top of the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. As the vines here age, this wine...

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionHemel-en-Aarde

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeDDD615

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Faiveley, Gevrey Chambertin, Vieilles Vignes, 2016

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Faiveley, Gevrey Chambertin, Vieilles Vignes, 2016

Black cherries dominate the textured palate backed by ripe tannins. Typical Gevrey intensity,...

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OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFAJ516

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Exton Park, Britagne, Blanc de Noirs, NV

100% Pinot Noir - and no barrel ageing. Lightly sherberty scent; this barely shows its red...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginUK

RegionHampshire

ColourWhite

ABV11.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeEXT4NV

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Exton Park, Britagne, Rose, NV

From 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier. Very pale and slightly coppery. Light red fruit -...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginUK

RegionHampshire

ColourRosé

ABV11.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeEXT5NV

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Jules Taylor, Pinot Noir, Marlborough, NZ, 2018

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Jules Taylor, Pinot Noir, Marlborough, NZ, 2018

Fermented using wild yeasts in open-top vats, and aged part in French oak and part stainless...

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OriginNew Zealand

RegionMarlborough

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeJUL618

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Valle Frio, Pinot Noir, Maule, 2020

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Valle Frio, Pinot Noir, Maule, 2020

We continue to maintain that Chile makes the best sub £10 Pinots in the world. Here is the...

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OriginChile

RegionMaule

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFRI320

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Drusian, Rose Mari, Vino Spumante Rosato, Extra Dry, NV

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Drusian, Rose Mari, Vino Spumante Rosato, Extra Dry, NV

From Pinot Noir grown in the cool hills of Alto Adige and made in the same way as Prosecco...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginItaly

RegionVeneto

ColourRosé

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeDRU5NV

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Thomas-Hatté, Champagne, Brut, Millésime 2014

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Thomas-Hatté, Champagne, Brut, Millésime 2014

We all love Franck Thomas's vintage Champagne and feel we don't feature it enough as...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginFrance

RegionChampagne

ColourWhite

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeHAT614

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Ashton Hills, Pinot Noir, Piccadilly Valley, 2016

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Ashton Hills, Pinot Noir, Piccadilly Valley, 2016

Based on fruit from the home vineyard, with grapes from two other nearby farms; no new barrels....

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Light > Full

OriginAustralia

RegionAdelaide Hills

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeASH116

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Ashton Hills, Blanc de Noirs, Piccadilly Valley, 2011

100% Pinot Noir from the famed estate's own grapes, from a very cool vintage perfect for...

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OriginAustralia

RegionAdelaide Hills

ColourWhite

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeASH811

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Ashton Hills, Estate Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills, 2016

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Ashton Hills, Estate Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills, 2016

 From four clones; 30% whole bunch; some new oak on this wine; and bottled without filtration....

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OriginAustralia

RegionAdelaide Hills

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeASH316

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La Croisade, Pinot Noir, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2019

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La Croisade, Pinot Noir, IGP Pays d'Oc, 2019

 With fruit in part sourced from cool Limoux vineyards, crisp and classy, blended with riper...

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OriginFrance

RegionPays d'Oc

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeAGW719

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Domaine Faiveley, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, Les Porets-Saint-Georges, 2015

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Domaine Faiveley, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, Les Porets-Saint-Georges, 2015

From the mid slope between Premeaux and Nuits, very well-sited, with the oldest vines dating...

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OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeFAJ815

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Pasji Rep, Pinot Noir, Vipavska Dolina, 2017

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Pasji Rep, Pinot Noir, Vipavska Dolina, 2017

Very high quality pure Pinot - in style lying somewhere between Burgundy and more fruity new...

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OriginSlovenia

RegionVipavska Dolina

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodePAS817

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Agnes Paquet, Auxey-Duresses Rouge, 2016

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Agnes Paquet, Auxey-Duresses Rouge, 2016

Vinified and aged in oak, 15% new. Pure red and black fruit, supple, with a fine texture and...

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OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodePAQ616

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Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin, Aux Echezeaux, 2016

A single vineyard wine, from vines planted in 1928 at the southern limit of Gevrey bordering...

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OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeFUR216

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Jean Guiton, Volnay Les Petits Poisots, 2016

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Jean Guiton, Volnay Les Petits Poisots, 2016

From soils with a high proportion of clay, this is always rich and opulent. Round and fat....

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OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeGUI716

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MAGNUM Faiveley, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, Les Cazetiers 2017

Les Cazetiers, reaching 370m., is one of the highest plots in the Cotes de Nuits Tucked in...

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OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13%

Magnum150cl

CodeFAJ717MAG

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Faiveley, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, La Combe aux Moines 2017

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Faiveley, Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru, La Combe aux Moines 2017

Wine from a famed vineyard at a very fair price. Ripe and generous perfume; perfectly...

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OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75

CodeFAJ817

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Wickhams Road, Pinot Noir, Gippsland, 2020

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Wickhams Road, Pinot Noir, Gippsland, 2020

Gippsland is an up-and-coming coastal region east and south of Melbourne. Untasted as yet, but...

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OriginAustralia

RegionGippsland

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeWIC620

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Hoddles Creek, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2018

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Hoddles Creek, Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2018

11 months in a mix of 30% new, 30% second fill and the rest older barrels. Intense strawberry...

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OriginAustralia

RegionYarra Valley

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75

CodeHOD618

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Hoddles Creek, 1er Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2018

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Hoddles Creek, 1er Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2018

Winemaker Franco d'Anna's commentary: "The 2018 1er Pinot Noir will go down as...

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OriginAustralia

RegionYarra Valley

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeHOD818

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Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Brut, Claudia, South Africa, 2013

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Domaine des Dieux, Methode Cap Classique, Brut, Claudia, South Africa, 2013

"This South African wine may taste slightly more like a sparkling Chardonnay than...

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Dry > Sweet

OriginSouth Africa

RegionElgin

ColourWhite

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeDDD413

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MAGNUM Exton Park, Britagne, Reserve Brut, NV

Made from 60% Pinot Noir and 40% of Chardonnay, blended from several harvests but currently...

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OriginEngland

RegionHampshire

ColourWhite

ABV11.5%

Magnum1.5l

CodeEXT9NV

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Domaine Pegaline, Pin-Sault, Vin de France, 2019

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Domaine Pegaline, Pin-Sault, Vin de France, 2019

Two thirds Pinot Noir, and one third Cinsault, all from organically farmed vines grown on the...

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OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePEG119

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