Bouvier is based in Marsannay-la-Côte, just south of Dijon in the northern Côte de Nuits. Bruce Neyers wrote me last night to tell me that this Bourgogne rouge and the one from our own Pierre Boillot are his two go-to reds (when he isn’t drinking Tempier Bandol or Vieux Télégraphe, that is). That endorsement is about as solid as you can get, since Bruce’s cellar is chock-full of the finest red wines of France. Bouvier’s early-release Pinot Noir is all about charm and comfort: classic Burgundian Pinot Noir aromas and flavors, and a deeply fruited and solid core.
We look to Alsatian Pinot Noir for high-toned aromatics, bright fruit, and a wonderful spine and cut to chisel through the region’s robust sausage and potato dishes. Our friends at Kuentz-Bas have delivered yet again! Their limestone hillsides southwest of Colmar bring finesse and purity to their Pinot every vintage. I thought we were lucky to have one great Pinot Noir for around twenty bucks. As soon as I discovered this one, I immediately understood its significance—not many vignerons out there can make Pinot Noir of this quality at this price. It will not leave you indifferent, as the French might say.
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