I love Burgundy. It has been the source of some of my great wine drinking experiences. But it’s expensive, in part because it is widely recognized as being a great wine region. [Pinot Noir generally is expensive, though.]
So what does £15 buy you? Tonight I am drinking a £15 red Burgundy from a widely respected producer, Louis Jadot. It’s a good wine, and by Pinot Noir standards it is just about appropriate quality for the price, but I think you can spend your £15 better if you are prepared to head away from Burgundy to some of the less expensive New Zealand Pinot Noirs. The problem? It just doesn’t deliver enough of the lovely aromatics that Pinot is capable of, with some stern structure taking away from the pleasure that this wine could otherwise deliver.
Louis Jadot Cote de Beaune Villages 2009 Burgundy, France
13% alcohol. Simple, fresh red cherry fruit with some spice and tannic grip. There’s just a hint of sappy greenness alongside the fruit, but the over-riding feeling here is one of tannic grippiness with a dry finish. Not overtly perfumed or pretty, but with some nice cherry fruit. Restrained savoury style, with a bit of elegance, but also some obtrusive structure. 88/100 (£14.99 Majestic, Nisa, Leamington Wine Co, Tailormade, Village Wines, Partridges, Ann et Vin, Slurp, Cotswald Vintners, Gwin Lynn)