Tasting my way through some delicious reds at the H2Vin tasting, I came across one which stood out. It was undoubtedly Bourgogne; transparent in colour, brightly fruited, pleasingly structured. But the colour a little more purple, the aroma a touch more floral, and light in body despite its textural tannins… “This is no Pinot Noir!” I exclaimed.
On closer inspection, the label gave it away – this was a Gamay. In fact, the Coteaux Bourguignons appellation allows its reds and rosés to use Pinot Noir, Gamay and even the little-known César; whites contain Chardonnay, Aligoté, Melon de Bourgogne, Pinot Blanc or Pinot Gris. This refreshing Marchand-Tawse example might not be a Pinot Noir, but it’s still unmistakably Bourgogne.
The kidnapper had struck for the third time. A twisted scoundrel, he played with me like a cat with a mouse: each time he issued a challenge for me to complete, or he threatened to do away with his wretched captive. A letter arrived with his demands: ‘I’ll release the girl – but only if you can find me a red Bourgogne for less than £11.10 a bottle including taxes. You have 24 hours!’
He clearly thought it an impossible task, but I popped down to the H2Vin tasting and within 5 minutes I’d tracked one down – a toothsome Bourgogne Rouge 2016 grown in Santenay by up-and-coming Domaine Justin GIRARDIN – for just £85 for 12 bottles in bond. With black cherry aromas and a savoury, structured palate, this could only be from Bourgogne. I called the kidnapper and told him where to source his wine. A simple “Thanks, Holmes!” was his reply, but nonetheless it sounded suspiciously like Watson. I really ought to give that man a raise…
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