Today’s Quick Sip is the 2011 Santenay Premier Cru Beauregard from Domaine Roger Belland. It still surprises me to this day how many consumers embrace Pinot Noir, in part thanks to the 2004 movie Sideways, but are unfamiliar with red Burgundy wines made from Pinot Noir. The same can be said for lovers of Chardonnay who overlook Chablis – a highly regarded village in northern Burgundy that produces exceptional white wines from the Chardonnay grape variety. In my years of routinely visiting wine shops and chatting with consumers, I’ve come to the conclusion that many consumers – not all -- are varietal-centric when it comes to purchasing wine. In other words, they want to see the name of the grape or grapes on the front or rear of the wine label. So yes, Americans are hooked on varietal names but a little wine education shouldn’t stand between a budding wine enthusiast in their quest for wines of good typicity and character at fair price points.
While there are some exceptions, you generally get what you pay for when it comes to Pinot Noir [aka red Burgundy]. And for Pinot Noir lovers seeking value, the region of Santenay, the most southerly village in the Côte de Beaune, is an appellation you want to put on your wine radar. Santenay offers some very good values in quality for Burgundian reds and this selection from Domaine Roger Belland is a great starting point. Burgundy is not just the home of Pinot Noir, but the region that set the golden standard for the finicky, fickle, and demanding grape variety. The wine-savvy bunch at Cork Exclusive are running a good deal ($34.99 versus $45) on this red Burgundy right now that includes free shipping on any 3 or more bottles of wine or spirits. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.
|Domaine Roger Belland 2011 Santenay Premier Cru Beauregard|
Review: Domaine Roger Belland 2011 Santenay Premier Cru Beauregard (SRP $45): Garnet in color, this wine is aromatic and appealing, boasting ripe plum fruit, pomegranate, and blackberry flavors interwoven with attractive touches of floral perfume and dusty spice notes. In the mouth, it is medium-bodied with good fruit intensity matched by a mouth-filling texture. It has a solid mid-palate, with a nice underpinning of acidity that drives through the medium-length, mildly gripping finish. Overall, a delicious red Burgundy from the village of Santenay that offers good value in quality that’s ready to drink now; though it benefits from a 30 minute decant. Enjoy with traditional Burgundian dishes like beef bourguignon or lamb, duck breast, and fatty fishes (i.e., tuna, salmon). Region: Santenay, Burgundy, France. Other info: ABV 13%, matured one year in French oak barrels -- 30% new oak, cork enclosure. Rating: 90 Points.
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