Oeno-File, the Wine & Gastronomy Column

by Frank Ward

Burgundy Excursion

Posted by Frank Ward on July 15, 2007

The Pinot Noir of Burgundy is one of the world’s greatest grapes. It is also one of the quirkiest. It ripens with difficulty, and once ripe easily becomes overripe, thus losing its unique purity and finesse. It is susceptible to rot, and if unripe can give unpleasantly raw, astringent flavours.

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