There is no agreement on the correct spelling of Passe-Tout-Grains and many variations are possible. It is a blend of Pinot Noir grapes and white-juiced black Gamay. This makes it unique among non-effervescent Burgundies. Combining
two such different grapes takes considerable skill. The appellation dates from 1937. The wines are mostly reds and for the very rare exception, rosés.
Passe-tout-Grains style differs according to the district of production (Yonne, Côte-d'Or or Saône-et-Loire) and according to the relative proportions of Gamay and Pinot grapes in its make-up. There are glints of mauve and fuchsia in its colour. A light, fresh, well-fruited wine with immediate appeal. If its vivacity is due to the Gamay grapes, it is the Pinot grapes which lend it its mellow serenity. The attack is lively and strong on fruit. Well-textured, it develops aromas of underbrush, game, and brandied cherries.
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