The Sour Grape

Maison Louis Latour Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013

If you love Pinot Noir and haven’t tried Burgundy yet… this wine is a great value introduction to region and far better than its price tag suggests.

If you love Pinot Noir and haven’t tried Burgundy yet… this wine is a great value introduction to region and far better than its price tag suggests.

As I’ve said before, when it comes to Pinot Noir, Burgundy stands set apart from the rest of the world… and depending on who you are that will either be ‘in a good way’ or in a ‘hell no! What’s wrong with you?’… Kind-of-way. Both reactions are equally valid in my view; just because a wine’s well crafted and displays a unique a character (read: costs a fortune) doesn’t mean you have to like it. That said, most entry level (read: cheap) Red Burgundy is nigh on undrinkable, at least for my taste. Fortunately our supermarkets have started to see the light and get some solid/well made, if basic, ‘Red Burgundies’ on to our shelves and this one is spot on. In the glass is has a pale ruby colour with garnet rim and cranberry, strawberries & cream and a light gamey aroma. All of which follow through to the palate, with a lift in the savory/gamey characteristics. A bright acidity keeps this fresh and vibrant while well integrated alcohol and tannin help to add depth and weight to this otherwise crystal clean wine. It’s a classic expression of red burgundy that’s developing a slight but wonderful gamey undercurrent. As a straight Bourgogne Pinot Noir, it may be missing the terroir specificity of its more expensive brethren, but that withstanding it’s hard to fault this lovely wine… Especially at this price range, so if you wanting see what all the fuss is about without breaking the bank, give this a try. £12.95 a bottle from Waitrose.

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