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Red Burgundy

I have just two words to describe red Burgundy - Pinot Noir. Okay, I'll stretch it a little. Since Beaujolais is still considered part of Burgundy, I'll add another word that means a whole lot less - Gamay.

Let's start with Pinot Noir. Burgundy is the home of Pinot Noir, not California, Oregon, New Zealand or any other place under the sun. They've been making red Burgundy from Pinot Noir for well over a thousand years, and with a very few specific exemptions, red Burgundy is always 100% Pinot Noir. Something similar to Pinot Noir was described in the first century AD. The better wines are rich, complex and well balanced, with mild tannins, red and black cherry flavors and an underlying earthiness showing up as a mushroom or truffle note.

In the last thousand plus years, the Burgundians figured out which plots are superior to all others, and those (very few) vineyards are now called Grand Cru. There are more vineyards labeled Premier Cru - vineyards superior to all but the Grand Cru. In the next level of the Burgundy hierarchy are the village wines, followed by the regional wines, and finally by wines simply labeled Burgundy (Bourgogne).

Beaujolais is made from Gamay in the southernmost part of Burgundy. Beaujolais bears little resemblance to other red Burgundy, and probably should be kept completely separate, but it's not. Beaujolais is a lighter wine, less complex, yet still very good in its own right. Don't confuse real Beaujolais with Beaujolais Nouveau, which is meant to be drunk in the first few months after release. While not for long term aging, better Beaujolais will continue to improve for the first few years after release.

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Chteau de la Chaize is among the oldest, most historic estates in Burgundys Beaujolais region. Boasting over 250 acres of vineyards, it is also one of the largest. The property is currently owned and managed by the Marquise de Roussy de Sales ... more
Sku: 141209

Reg. $14.99
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This brilliant garnet wine is bright and fresh, with ripe, supple crushed strawberry flavors underscored by zesty nuances of peppercorns, gentle tannins and a clean acidity, finishing on a succulent, refreshing note.... more
Sku: P58386

Reg. $24.99
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Marsannay is the village which marks the northern gateway to the Cote d’Or on leaving Dijon, the capital of Burgundy and home to the Ducs de Bourgogne. This village marks the beginning of the Route des Grands Crus which follows the N6 highway ... more
Sku: 006768

Reg. $17.99

Bourgogne Pinot Noir is the regional appellation and the fruit can come from any part of Burgundy. At Maison Louis Latour we select only the best grapes from the best vineyard plots to make this ‘cuvée’ which represents quality and value for money. ... more
Sku: 022228

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A beautiful ruby colour. This wine has pleasant, fresh, red-fruit aromas on the nose, which we find again on the palate. It has a rich and very ripe substance, with fine and round tannins. This is a very well-structured and pleasing wine. Serve with  more
Sku: 213140

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Aromas of spices, smoke, and cherry.Garnet with purple hints; very expressive nose of red and black fruits; aromatic and fruity mouth with round tannins. Drink young to enjoy freshness.Vintage 2012. Intense color. Very aromatic bouquet of small ripe  more
Sku: 018670

Reg. $27.99

Bright, Pretty, with claen berry fruit balanced with earthy notes. Tasty.... more
Sku: P58638

Reg. $23.99

The Clos de la Roilette, in the village of Fleurie, covers nine hectares of one of the best slopes in the Beaujolais Crus. The clos has an eastern exposure, borders the Moulin-à-Vent appellation, and produces wines that are beautiful when young and ... more
Sku: 053394

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Hubert and Romaric Chavy-Chouet represent the 6th and 7th generations of winemakers in their family. They own 13 hectares of vineyard in some of the most prestigious parts of the Cote de Beaune.

The 2011 Bourgogne Rouge 'La Taupe' comes ... more
Sku: 044733

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  Sku: 034114

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  Sku: 213219

Reg. $399.99

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Reg. $79.99
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Site: a famous vineyard, recognized as one of the best Premier Crus of Beaune, Greves is at mid-slope, at the northern end of the appellation. Joseph Drouhin owns a large parcel on a steep slope dominating the city of Beaune. History & tradition:  more
Sku: 042840

  375ML Half Bottle    
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  Sku: P59512

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