Pinot Fin?

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Could you tell me a little bit about Pinot Fin? I recently bought a bottle of it out of curiosity. Here’s a description from the shop in NY: “Pinot Fin is a clone of Pinot Noir. In fact, it’s an ancient strain, a pre-Phylloxera clone that is hardly found today in Burgundy.” Is it basically a close relative/clone of Pinot Noir? Is there a reliable source for checking the history and genealogy of Pinot Fin? I didn’t find anything in an older edition of Jancis Robinson’s “Guide to Wine Grapes.”

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David,

Great question. We’ve actually had that in class a few times. The Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Bourgogne Pinot Fin, to be exact. The show was correct: Pinot Fin is a clone of Pinot Noir. However, it’s a really old one. Some think it’s a distinct varietal, and that mode n Pinot Noir evolved from Pinot Fin, but the science doesn’t back that claim up currently.

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