Today’s choice is Burgundy from the Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune AOC. It is a little pricey, and rather unusual, but still very good.
- Winery: Domaine Billard Père et Fils
- Price: $25.15 CDN
- Alcohol: 12%
- Sugar: 2.1 g/L
This wine has a pale ruby color and I noted a very slight effervescence on decanting. There is dark berry on the nose, along with a woody, earthy quality and faint notes of flowers and spice. It has a medium body, with a pleasantly smooth texture, and the tannins and acidity both in the low-moderate range. The latter is very indistinct at the start but develops more fully towards the end. A slightly tart base of red berry is overlaid with a definite taste of orange blossom and tea, and there is also a mild spiciness with a hint of leather. Overall, the combination of flavors is quite offbeat but very pleasing.
Burgundy is world known for excellent wines but, quite often, one finds the quality to be hit or miss. Expensive ones can be disappointing, and the cheaper ones can sometimes surprise. Today’s selection is not especially expensive, but it is one of the AOC wines above the basic ‘Bourgogne’ designation and that tends to give a certain expectation of quality. It is not a bad wine by any means, but not particularly noteworthy either …
The pertinent details are as follows:
- Winery: Marquis de Jouennes d’Herville
- Region: Burgundy, Cote Chalonnaise , Mercurey AOC
- Price: $27.60 CDN
- Alcohol: 12.8%
- Sugar: 2.7 g/L
The color is not especially attractive: It is a pale, rather watery ruby and faintly turbid. The nose is indistinct with a vague red berry base with some floral and vegetal notes and not very pleasant meaty quality. It is medium to light bodied and fairly dry with moderate acidity and medium strength tannins, both of which complement each other quite well and carry on through a decently long finish. The overall effect is not especially interesting. Slightly sour red fruit is overlaid with a somewhat earthy, forest floor quality and a hint of butcher-shop. There is a little spiciness and some floral notes but not enough to to provide any good highlights. Overall, it is not bad but not really worth the price.