• As fate would have it, the day I posted about Burgundy, I received  Wine Spectator’s review of the most recent Burgundy vintage.

    “For red Burgundy lovers, the 2010’s are wines of another era. They are reminiscent of wines from the 1970’s and 80’s, before the advent of warmer vintages and earlier harvests… The major differences between those earlier decades and today are better viticulture and winemaking. As a result, the best 2010’s show vibrant structures and density, as well as the capacity to develop in the bottle over the next 20 to 25 years.”

    They go on to say that the terroir is evident in this vintage (last post I discussed how the soil in Burgundy translates to the wine).

    Red favors black fruits with raspberry, strawberry, currant, cherry and cranberry. Crisp acidity to balance the fruit and a complexity that begs to be savored.

    With such a harvest the wines can be astronomically priced like the G.Roumier from Musigny costing a mere $5000 a bottle, but I wanted to showcase a few of their top values as reasonably priced as $26.

     

    Domaine Collotte Marsannay Cuvee Vieilles Vignes   $26

    89 points Wine Spectator

    Black cherry, currant and spice flavors reign, but this is light-footed.

    I’m guessing by light-footed they don’t mean a Native American or that the wine is swift of foot or that there is a tendency to steal the wine. Rather, I believe they mean light of body, of a more delicate nature.

     

    Maison Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Vieilles Vignes  $22

    90points Wine Spectator

    Suave and Concentrated, this rich red is filled with flavors of black cherry, violet and currant, with a silky texture.

    A 90 point Burgundy for $22 dollars from an unreal year is a ridiculous steal.

     

    Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Clos des Myglands  $27

    90 points Wine Spectator

    Round, with a moderately rich texture, this red is laced with cherry, black currant and spice flavors. Ripe and fresh.

     

    Michel Juillot Mercurey Clos des Barraults (2009)  $36

    91 points Wine Spectator

    An opulent style, with black cherry and raspberry fruit shaded by spice and tangy acidity. Beautifully integrated.

     

    Mercurey, I discussed last week, is from Côte Chalonnaise, the southern most sub-region of the three main Pinot Noir producing regions of Burgundy, France. I mentioned that they are renowned for producing great, affordable Burgundies that tend to have a distinct spice cherry component. If you’ll notice here, the Domaine Faiveley and the Michel Juillot have cherry and spice flavors, and they come in at a reasonable $27 and $36 respectively.

     

     

    Burgundy is a beautiful place with beautiful wine, and it is always exciting when the stars align and a fabulous vintage is upon us.