Domaine Gachot-Monot Cote de Nuits-Villages 2012 750ML ($37.95) Buy Now: $21.90
Case-12 Domaine Gachot-Monot Cote de Nuits-Villages 2012 750ML ($349.95) Buy Now: $219 (That’s only $18.25/bottle!)
The notion of affordable Burgundy is beginning to sound as believable as a used car salesman’s pitch. But that bouquet of freshly crushed berries, of spice and violet and forest floor… That silky smooth mouth feel, refreshing acidity, and lingering finesse… The lover of Pinot Noir cannot abstain from such pleasures, especially when the wine comes from the Côte d’Or. Thankfully, producers like Gachot-Monot exist. Based in the town of Corgoloin, just south of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Damien Gachot represents the fifth generation of winemakers at his family’s estate. His 2012 Côte de Nuits-Villages stands out. Not just affordable, it is all that good red Burgundy should be: fragrant, balanced, elegant, and addictively delicious.… Read the rest
Wine of the Day: Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur Bourgogne Passe-tout-grains 2014 750ML ($27.95) Buy Now: $21.90 special
Passetoutgrain wines have a special place in my heart. For one, throwing a little Gamay into the Pinot terrain makes for a more playful, textured wine. To be frank, it’s not all that fashionable a wine, which is fine by me: the underdog status keeps the price down!
60-year-old Gamay vines in Volnay? Yessir! The roughly 60/40% blend of Pinot and Gamay make for a broad, fresh, and easy-drinking example of affordable Burgundy. If anything, it’s a little tight at the moment, which suggests that this little cutie could age for a good while. Enjoy it! – Tyler… Read the rest
Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Burgundy 2011 750ML ($27.95) Buy Now: $20.90 special
Sometimes a hit of Burgundy is in order, a reconnection with those illustrious, puzzling, sumptuous whites and reds. But sometimes, too, price becomes an issue. Which is when the thirsty savant of Burgundy seeks out regional Bourgogne from a fine producer such as Thibault Liger-Belair. His négociant side business, Thibault Liger-Belair Successeurs, purchases wines and raises them in barrel, with very satisfying results.
The 2011 Bourgogne Rouge opens with a ripe Côte de Nuits bouquet of dark fruit, earth, and violet. Deeply colored, it carries some weight on the palate, backed by nice acidity. But this wine, as with the 2011 vintage, is more about perfume than power.… Read the rest