Tuesday, December 24, 2013

How To Buy Outstanding Red Burgundy For A Reasonable Price

Traditional wisdom is that you have to spend a fortune to experience excellent red Burgundy. My strategy to get there with a value for money approach is to combine two things. One, you need to aim for an excellent vintage. Second, look for a producer with excellent skills who is not known for his Pinot Noir (most probably because he does not have the perfect site).

One such example is the 2005 Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru "Boudriotte", my wine of choice for Christmas eve. Ramonet is known as a world class Chardonnay producer. He knows how to create something extra special. This Pinot Noir has a very enticing nose of rose petals and mushroom. Red and black cherry flavours and forest floor are beautifully integrated on the palate. The finish is dry and firm. While the finish is not as expansive as in the best wines, it is lingering on for some time. Most impressively, the wine has the 'paradox', which is a key to wines with personality. In this case, the wine is light on the tongue, while the fruit is quite intense and the mouthfeel very round. Also, at eight years of age, the wine is still very fresh and vibrant.

Score: 95/+++  

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