Pinot noir is the classic grape used in red bourgogne, and is the second most famous red wine grape. The wine is best appreciated young, when it has less colour and tannin and is fruitier. However, the best pinot noir can be stored and aged over many years. The aromas are reminiscent of cherries, raspberries or strawberries.
Pinot noir is grown in many other places in France, not least in Champagne, and around the world, especially in cooler places. In Germany and Switzerland, it is traditionally called Spätburgunder or Blauburgunder but is now commonly sold under the name pinot noir. However, it is the newcomers that have been building the brand of pinot noir, particularly New Zealand, California, Oregon and even Canada.