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Second Shipment – 2009 Red Burgundy Arrives: Mercurey Les Crets 2009 from Domaine Ninot

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 The Mercurey village and premier
cru hillside vineyards

I got the first shipment of one of my favorite lower priced premier cru Burgundies in December. It sold out right away, but good news — a second supply has arrived.

I love a good Burgundy Mercurey. Particularly a 2009 Mercurey from Domaine Ninot. It’s an honest, earthy, pungent, full-flavored, red berry fruited Pinot Noir wine which, when consumed with a lamb stew and crunchy mopping bread in front of a crackling fire, can plunge one into a very comfortable state of mind.

Last year’s 2008 Les Crets was rated 88-91 by Burghound. The 2009 has not been reviewed yet but which has built up huge anticipation because its high quality and perfectly riped fruit. I will give give you last year’s review (below) to give you a sense of this delightful wine’s style.

“This is more refined aromatically with very Pinot aromas that still carry the hallmark earthiness of a classic Mercurey and this earthiness also suffuses the rich, round and generous medium-bodied flavors that are supported by rather fine tannins and notably better length on the sappy finish. Lovely and understated. 2012+. 88-91pts” – Allen Meadows, Burghound

And if that’s the 2008 – imagine how good the 2009 will be! 2009 red Burgundies – peerless perfection!

Wine Spectator reports on the 2009 vintage: “it looks like Burgundy lovers will be blessed with charming and fruity reds and whites.”

Decanter writes, “Winemakers throughout the region are delighted by 2009’s high levels of ripeness, the health of the grapes, and the promising acidity and balance.”

And this Mercurey is an incredible value. Errell Ninot is one of those perfectionist, over-achieving growers that I spend my days searching for.

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St Veran from Domaine des Deux Roches: White Burgundy you Can Afford to Enjoy Every Night

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 The label on the bottle,
glistening with a few
drops of this special wine.

My love of good white wine has grown tremendously over the past year. Maybe it is the wonderful vintages, maybe it is the refreshing, cool citrus and mineral flavors. Of course, it’s not just any white wine that rings my chimes – it takes a white Burgundy. Like many of you, I like to savor the time at the end of the day when the work is done with a glass in my hard.

I particularly like a white Burgundy with a price tag that means I can enjoy it with out checking to see if the Dow is up that day. Yes, that’s a bit trickier to nail down in the pricey paradise of white Burgundies.

But, if you travel south to the Macon region – then you can find what I’m looking for. Ah-h and you’ll have a good time doing it – the land there is lush and lovely beyond description.

The Collovray and Terrier families created the Domaine des Deux Roches in 1986 in the Maconnais wine region, south of the Cote d’Or. Out of this marriage comes some of the most compelling St Verans in the region.

Deux Roches refers to the two gigantic rock cliffs that punctuate the landscape here: Vergisson and Solutre. The estate is in Davaye which is considered the best source of St Veran. The quite limited St Veran vineyards are to the north and the south of the Pouilly Fuisse vineyards but the northern vineyards make the best wines and this is where Davaye is found.

Here’s what Jean-Luc Terrier says about his winemaking:

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2008 Pinnacle Red Burgundy from Bernard Bouvier – Marsannay Clos du Roy

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 Marsannay Clos du Roy

I knew immediately when I tasted this wine that I wanted it in my cellar.

La Revue has called Bernard “one of the most talented winemakers of his generation.” He is one of the new generation of winemakers who has melded the best of the thinking of previous generations and huge respect for his vineyards with minimal intervention in the winemaking process.

When I tasted the 2008s in Cotes de Nuits Burgundies, I thought they were fabulous, particularly the wines of Bernard Bouvier. This is a wine with material! and complexity.

“”The most successful 2008s are sharply delineated, classic Burgundies with the complex fruit, mineral, floral and soil perfume and the inner-palate energy that other pinot- producing regions can only dream about-, IWC Steven Tanzer

And from Allen Meadows at Burghound ” The best ’08s are fresh, intense, bright, vibrant and very terroir- driven – in short it’s a classic Burgundian vintage. And as I noted in my vintage analysis last year, it is on the whole more interesting than either 2007 or 2006. And in a few cases, the wines are truly brilliant so don’t overlook them.” -Burghound

If you are after a great expression of the best of French Pinot Noir at a refreshingly sane price (and who isn’t these days?), you cannot ignore Bernard Bouvier.

Where is Marsannay? It is on the northernmost border of the northern Cotes de Nuits – just north of Gevrey-Chambertin. The Bouvier family has owned vineyards in the village of Marsannay at the northernmost border of the Cote d’Or for four generations.

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