The wine guy...Eddie McDougall: Pinotlosophy


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Over the month of May, I experienced an onslaught of Pinot Noir tastings and dinners, going from Chez Patrick to the marvellous world of the Galaxy in Macau. The bombardment of Pinot Noir has been perfectly aligned with my 2013 goal of tasting at least 500 variations of the varietal which range in style from bubbly, still and pink to sweet.

The quest to battle through hundreds of Pinot Noirs is a calling placed upon myself as a Pinotlosopher, to unveil the myths of the great Pinotlosophy. Pinotlosophy is a school of thought that believes the world’s greatest grape varietal is Pinot Noir. It is clear that Hong Kong is championing a path for Pinotlosophy as the community consumes approximately two million bottles of this varietal annually and buyers spend upwards of $200,000 for just one bottle.

The ideals of Pinotlosophy are not only seeking the high-profile buyers and rare bottles but to give the broader community a taste of what I define as the world’s most noble grape. To guide you at this early stage, start by exploring these few bottles and be amazed by the adventure through your senses.

2010 Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir, Otago, New Zealand
Awesome notes of black forest fruits, smoked meats, florals, wet earth and French oak. Excellent tannin structure and powerful fruit weight.
Score: 19.5/20
Buy from: Watsons Wine Cellar

2010 Ata Rangi Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand
Feminine and pretty flower notes. Great crunchy acidity, which shows an ability to stay alive in the glass and in the cellar for years. Definitely a sleeping giant that I can’t wait to wake up in the years to come.
Score: 17.5/20
Buy from: Altaya Wines

2008 Domaine Pierre Naigeon, Bonne Marres, Grand Cru, Burgundy, France
A very serious wine with lots happening over the course of just one glass. The perfumes bounce from florals and fruits to stinky wet earth. A very long lasting palate and completely refined with excellent tannins. Elegant and somewhat subtly sexy.
Score: 19.5/20
Buy from: Direct from the Domaine

2010 Domaine Henri de Villamont, Chambolle-Musigny, 1er Cru, Burgundy, France
Wonderful expression of the great Chambolle-Musigny village. A wine with brilliant structure paired with flavours of ripe lush black fruits. The youthful wine shows a vibrancy through freshness and depth of evolving flavours. It comes across silky yet chewy in the mouth.
Score: 18/20
Buy from: Direct from the Domaine

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