Physorg.com posts this report on an interesting research: records of pinot noir harvests from the 14th century are mapped to the climate of Western Europe. It suggests a deep relationship between the temperatures, especially the sea surface temperatures which are influenced by various currents and the harvest of the grape.
According to Tourre, this year the high spring temperatures and combination of July rainfall and August sunshine helped the grapes mature to excellent quality. Tourre suggested in his presentation that people should buy a bottle of 2011 pinot noir to enjoy in 10-15 years from now.
The recognition of this pattern could become influential to area wine producers going forward.
To know more on pinot noir, I think Paul Giamatti is the right person to turn to.