5 Fresh and Tasty Burgundies


Rainy Sunday afternoon. We tasted these 5 Burgundies and we felt like spoil brats.

Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Roy 2014

This Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Roy 2014 is a Pinot based monopole in Mercurey from the cooler Cote Chalonnaise, which is largely responsible for the revived interest in the region as a whole. Clos du Roy indicates that this area used to long to the kings of France. Ripe, forward and round this is a crowd pleaser that shows well at every stage of its life, whether in the bright vibrancy of youth or venerable maturity after a decade in the cellar. On the nose, scents of small red fruits mix pleasantly with spicy and woody aromas, which come from the wine being raised traditionally in oak. This wine is very nicely balanced on the palate. Its rich aromas blend marvelously with its tannins, giving a wine which is greedy and full of body. This wine is very nicely balanced on the palate. Its rich aromas blend marvelously with its tannins, giving a wine which is greedy and full of body.

Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin-A-Vent Clos du Grand Carquelin 2010, 91-92 WA, 90 WS, 92 AG

Chateau des Jacques's 2014 Moulin-a-Vent Clos du Grand Carquelin from Gamay grapes originates in manganese- and iron-rich sandy soil of reputedly unusual diversity and complexity for its appellation. Its confectionary cast of dark berries; vanilla and cinnamon overlay; and richness of texture make for a striking contrast with the especially bright, high-energy cast. Seamlessly long, it evinces saline and pungent suggestions of things mineral sufficient to stimulate genuine intrigue, not to mention salivation. This should be worth following for half a dozen or more years. Most Moulin A Vent, including this Jadot Chateau des Jacques Clos du Grand Carguelin 2010, is always the strongest amongst the Beaujolais Cru.

Jean Chartron Rully Montmorin 2014, Not Yet Rated by International Critics.

Bright, restrained but clear. Well balanced and judicious oak application well made. Long in the mouth with pleasing acidity; not quite mouthwatering but ineffably enjoyable. This is great value stuff. Should this wine have been evaluated by worthy wine critics, the price should have gone up 2-fold.

Jean Fournier Marsannay Clos du Roy Rouge 2014, 90-92 WA

This very structured and medium bodied red Marsannay from Fourier offers juicy, forward red Pinot fruit that is exceedingly welcoming and engaging. This will drink wonderfully in the early days and remain charming for several years. This proves what Marsannay can do when someone as devoted to their appellation as Fournier is in control.