I just finished reading a really interesting article in the new wine magazine On The Cusp and in it, they claim to have proof that Pinot Noir is actually the bastard stepchild of Grenache.
Now, a lot of us have known about this information for years, or at least have speculated as such, but concrete ‘proof’ has just come to life. Professor Henri Brioche from the Bordeaux Oenology School has just published a paper in which he researched vines in the storied Burgundy region of France. He was able to do DNA testing of cuttings from DRC and other leading houses and, lo and behold, the findings show a remarkable resemblance to DNA from Grenache. In fact, it appears that Pinot has been determined to be a cross between Grenache and Merlot.
‘Sacre Bleu!’ could be heard throughout the Burgundy region – from the largest of producers down to those who tend to a single row or less at some of the most desirable vineyards. A few desperate souls even started to tear out their wines, resigned to the fact that they would have to replant.
Others, including many leading producers, actually embraced the news, stating that the information could not have been more welcomed. ‘We love Grenache’, stated Monsier LeFleur, the head of the Burgundy Growing Cooperative. ‘We feel it has always been superior to Pinot Noir anyway, and now we can all ‘come out of the closet’ and enjoy it out in the open.’
Producers in the Rhone also rejoiced, realizing that they could now justify the ever-increasing prices that they’ve been charging recently.
Watch for follow ups shortly . . .