Pinot Noir Précoce is a separate grape variety, developed as a natural mutation of Pinot Noir.
As the name already implies, the main distinction is the early ripening (ca. two weeks earlier than Pinot Noir). Thus Pinot Noir Précoce is hardly ever affected by Botrytis. The berries of Pinot Noir Précoce are smaller than those of Pinot Noir.
Many of the flavourings are in the skin of the grapes. As the skin of smaller berries is in proportion to the flesh relatively large and the yield therefore lower, Pinot Noir Précoce is often more velvety and richer in content than its brother.