As the pre-eminent grape of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has become a global yardstick for premium wine among winemakers and discerning consumers. Pinot is a very demanding grape, but in the right hands, it has a wonderful ability to express the complexities of the local terroir. Now grown around the world—including Australia, New Zealand, America and Germany—the grape produces vastly different wines. Traditionally, though, it is light-bodied and has characters of raspberry, cranberry, truffle, and allspice. Pinot Noir's silky tannins and bright acidity pairs brilliantly with wide-ranging dishes, from pasta and roasted chicken to cheese boards and salads with balsamic vinaigrettes.
Burgundy is located in east-central France. The region has a moderately cool climate, limestone-rich soils and a terrain that varies between hillsides and plains. The exceptional terroir is what makes Burgundy Grand Cru wines so world-class. Burgundy is chiefly famous for producing earthy and floral Pinot Noir and high quality Chardonnay.