If we gave out awards to honor outstanding service rendered to American Francophiles, I would nominate Régis Bouvier for heroically supplying us with affordable Burgundy year after year. His wines are consistently delicious and well priced, especially this Bourgogne rouge. The 2018 iteration, sourced as always from three parcels near Bouvier’s home base of Marsannay, is the best I’ve had in a while. With pure cherry flavors and a brisk finish, it was supremely refreshing with burgers on a Sunday night. Thanks, Régis, on behalf of American wine budgets everywhere.
One of our Chablis producers turned us on to Didier Regnaudot’s family domaine, tucked away in the hilly southwest corner of the Côte d’Or. It was a decision I’m sure he regretted almost immediately, since we promptly began to buy as much as they’d sell us, jeopardizing the chablisien’s supply of house red! Not surprisingly, the Regnaudot wines have become staff favorites, prized for their easygoing character and value. Didier’s La Fussière is robust and delicious, with the ripe fruit that characterizes the 2018 red Burgundies reined in by a subtle earthiness.
The 2018 has been hailed by one Burgundian négociant as the greatest Burgundy vintage since 1947. While I’m sure many vignerons will take issue with such a bold claim, there is no quibbling over the fact that the 2018 vintage has produced Pinot Noirs of exceptional quality and richness. With its primarily southern exposure and limestone soils, the A Vigne Rouge vineyard is ideally situated to extract the most from this historically warm vintage, and François’s heady, spicy version is about as opulent as red Burgundy gets. Do you have childhood memories of eating a bowlful of ripe berries on a hot summer day, juice running down your chin? Here’s the grownup version. You might want to consider a bib.
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