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Denmark Wine Tasting

Copenhagen, February 14, 2013

Pinot Noir tasting at Vinoteket in Gentofte

Vinoteket, a unique and independent specialist wine shop established for some thirty years in the Copenhagen suburb of Gentofte, was the location for our first Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs’ event of the year.

Our focus for the evening was the Pinot Noir grape. In the basement tasting room, Vinoteket’s owner Lars Byager proved an amusing and knowledgeable host, with added input from our Echanson, Per Pallesen.

We learnt that the name Pinot Noir is derived from the French words for 'pine' and 'black' alluding to the grape variety's tightly clustered dark purple pine-cone shaped bunches of fruit.

Whilst Pinot Noir is grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy region of France. It is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, despite being a difficult variety to cultivate and make into wine.

As well as producing sparkling and still red wine, Pinot Noir is sometimes used for rosé still wines, and even vin gris white wines. For our tasting, Lars Byager had selected nine examples of fine red wines made from Pinot Noir. In order of tasting these were:

[Austria] Blauburgunder 2011 – Markus Atenburger, Burgenland
[New Zealand] Omaka Reserve Pinot Noir 2010 – Saint Clair Family Estate, Marlborough
[Chile] Alpha Pinot Noir 2009 – Montes, Casablanca Valley
[France] Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2009 – Domaine Bernollin, Burgundy
[France] Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2010 – Domaine Jean Grivot, Burgundy
[USA] Six Vineyards Pinot Noir 2009 – Lemelson Vineyards, Oregon
[France] Beaune 1er Cru ‘Les Theurons’ 1999 – Louis Jadot, Burgundy
[France] Pommard 1er Cru ‘Les Grands Épenots’ 2010 – Lucien le Moine, Burgundy
[France] Chambolle-Musigny 2009 – Meo Camuzet, Burgundy

Tasters can sometimes be confused by the tremendously broad range of bouquets, flavours, textures and impressions that Pinot Noir is able to produce. However, with attentive and informed tutoring we were able to avoid any confusion.

As well as the wines on offer, platters of tapanades, cheese and salami were on hand for a savoury diversion.

An enjoyable and informative evening was had by all. It was particularly gratifying to see our new younger members equally joining in with much enthusiasm.

James McIsaac, Vice-Chargé de Presse