Pinot Noir is an independent, sassy character that doesn’t like to commit to other grapes unless it’s in Champagne. It inspires great passion in its fans and equal measures of anguish and passion in winemakers, who must negotiate this thin-skinned grape’s particularly demanding requirements in order to unlock its potential. And what is it like, after all this fuss? At times light, delicate and singing a pure, sweet song of forest fruits and at other times (if it has been aged), it’ll reveal mushroom, truffle and even gamey-flavours. It is the charming, choosy, sensual, lusted-after Lothario of the wine world.