I have never really been a big fan of red burgundy, but have decided recently to give it another chance. I just want to make sure that I am not missing something special. In the past if I was going to buy a Pinot Noir, I would look to the big new world Pinots from Central Otago in New Zealand or the big muscular reds from Oregon and California. For the most part red burgundy that I’ve tried has reminded me of that awful cough syrup you were forced to take as a child, like Robitussin in the US. I don’t know why but that has been the impression I’ve always had.
Now let’s turn to this simple red burgundy from Meo-Camuzet’s production in Marsannay. Let’s make no mistake, good red burgundy is not cheap. This one sells for 25£/40$ a bottle, and this is actually considered decent value in relative terms. I was actually pleasantly surprised with the strawberry aroma and smooth aftertaste. The wine is not too light, but could be bigger for my palate. Decent color, subtle rich tones and fruity. I am pleased with the taste, and am curious to try more red burgundy from different regions. I bought this particular wine from Uncorked in London. (Thanks Zoe. )Burgundy is a very complicated area, which is another reason why I have stayed away. I am still not convinced but wanting for more. Surely there must be a bigger style Pinot Noir from Red Burgundy which can stand up to the likes of Felton Road, Amisfield, and Mount Edward from New Zealand. I still prefer these for the moment…Stay tuned though as more to follow on this subject… My rating 87pts..
An earthy red berry fruit nose introduces round, rich, supple and relatively forward flavors that possess enough depth to be interesting on the acceptably long and delicious finish. Drink 2010+.
85-87 points, Allen Meadows, burghound.com, Jan 2009