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Bouchard Aine & Fils Pinot Noir Vin de France 2013

A bargain entry level Burgundy-style Pinot Noir from the south of France.

A bargain entry level Burgundy-style Pinot Noir from the south of France.

Sometimes French Pinot Noir, especially from Burgundy can be designed to accompany food so much they become tangy by themselves… thankfully not so with this one! Pale ruby colour and a garnet rim full of red cherry, strawberry, Raspberry compote and soft vanilla aromas that join with the faintest hint of earthiness developing. On the palate there’s a juicy acidity, fresh raspberry, cranberry and red cherry fruit and a hint of toast somewhere off in the distance. This Pinot Noir may be light in colour and lighter in body compared to most other wines save for Beaujolais, but there is a concentration of fruit here that’s above its full asking price and certainly more than I’d expect for a wine costing less than £7 on offer. Again this is a well-rounded wine and has real balance to its acidity, unlike many entry-level wines from burgundy (that cost far more), allowing for easy drinking both with and without food. In all this is a solid, well-crafted wine, that fans of burgundy will be more than happy with… if not ecstatic for the price! £6.49 a bottle on offer at Sainsbury’s.

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