Pinot Noir is well known to be a difficult grape variety to grow outside of its home in France’s Burgundy region, where it is most famous. It is a finicky grape, but winemakers won’t give up on it because it can produce some of the world’s most extraordinary ethereal wines. However, if not grown correctly (or in the right climate), it can produce heavy and charmless wines with high alcohol and baked-fruit aromas. With this Pinot Noir, Bussay has created a ground-breaking wine for the Zala region. This off-the-beaten path region was previously known mostly for its homemade wines. This is a pale, light, easy-drinking Pinot, with a flavor (and appearance) that is like strawberry juice. The name is inspired by the famed Burgundian clay-based Grand Cru vineyard, Charmes-Chambertin, since a Canadian wine writer once compared its flavor to a Charmes-Chambertin wine. Since the Zala region also has a clay-based soil, and the wine has a soft and charming taste, the winemaker decided to go with this name. Fermentation occurred spontaneously in open tanks, with 10-14 days of skin contact. It was aged for 12 months in Hungarian oak barrels (from the Trust cooperage). This wine benefits greatly from oxygen contact, so don’t hesitate to decant it! Enjoy this wine slightly chilled, next to spicy foods, grilled meats, or mushroom-based dishes.