86-88 points Burghound: "Outstanding, Top Value. from 60+ year old vines based on the original pinot fin strain that is so highly regarded today. A fruity and very fresh nose of red berry fruit and earth nuances that carry over to the detailed, pure and vibrant middle weight flavors that possess notably better depth than is usually found at this level plus a lingering and firm finish. Lovely."
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About this region
From new wine drinkers to veteran wine collectors to celebrity wine experts, everyone seems to bear an undeniable love for Burgundy. Home to some of the world's most expressive and expensive wines, the ever-growing market for Burgundy wine doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. And with Hong Kong turning its attention to the region, it's only getting bigger. Unlike Bordeaux, Burgundy's industry made its way to success via a system that involved solid relationships between growers and négociants. Having one of the world's most diverse terroir within a specific area, plus the strict laws of equal inheritance, growers range from all sizes with some producing as little as one barrel of wine. <!-- colbreak --> With 100 AOC's and only 2% of total production classified as Grand Cru, it is safe to say that Burgundy sets the bar very high for itself and just being "from" Burgundy isn't enough. The balance between what the earth expresses and the hands that create the wine is all that counts in the end. This relationship seems to have done quite well for Burgundy's wine industry and will continue to do so. With an austere focus in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Gamay, Burgundy is located in the perfect spot to do so, and to do it well. The overall continental climate of the region has low humidity with warm summers, cool winters, and wet autumn seasons. The elevated Massif Central protects Burgundy from climate threats such as summer hail, May frost, and botrytis. While the soil types throughout the appellations may have less than subtle differences, each has its purpose. While the Calcareous clay soils present great aspects to the area's Chardonnay production, the Chardonnay being produced in the Chablis area is highly influenced by its Jurassic limestone bedrock. The limy marl soils are the perfect match for the Pinot Noir grapes, while the granite that layers the Beaujolais region ideally attributes to the Gamay production. Split into a few different sections, Burgundy is comprised of Chablis in the northwest, the Côte d'Or southeast of that with Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, followed by Châlonnais and Mâcon. Furthest south is the area of Beaujolais which produces the highest percentage of all Burgundy wine and is the epicenter of Gamay production. From absolutely mystifying Pinot Noir to utterly age-worthy Chardonnay to the splendid wines of Beaujolais, Burgundy is very high up on a pedestal for more reasons than one could argue. Novice wine drinkers and collectors alike can mutually enjoy the enchantment that is Burgundy now and for many years to come.