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Mixed Burgundy case, £121
12:35pm Friday 11th May 2007 in Leisure
The thing about Burgundy is that no one else can make wines like it. In these hallowed soils, in the hands of a good grower, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are made into sublime and complex wines. What's the secret? Scientists have prowled around the vineyards, noted the exposure of the slopes, measured the microclimates and analysed the soils - and still they don't know what makes Burgundy so good. Perhaps some things are best enjoyed and not understood!
- Macon Villages, Chateau de Mirande 2005
Macon is that verdant area south of the Cote d'Or and north of Beaujolais that is famous for producing great value Burgundy and this wine is no exception; crisp and clean with light buttery tones, this a great wine for drinking either on its own or with fish dishes.
- Saint Veran, Les Pierres Blanches, Cave de Prisse 2005
The Cave de Prisse have produced this Saint Veran from the excellent 2005 vintage that resulted in many lovely wines being made in Burgundy. Subtle mineral tones and ripe fruit compliment each other perfectly here, making a delicate but fruitful wine of poise and finesse.
- Givry Champs Lalot, Domaine Michel Sarrazin 2004
Located in the heart of Burgundy's Cote Chalonnaise, this family estate with 30 hectares of vines has its origins in the 17th century. The estate is run by Michel's two sons who have produced this smooth, silky red from their Pinot Noir vineyards which shows wonderful raspberry and strawberry fruit and a good long finish.
- Auxey Duresses, Louis Jadot 2000
Founded in 1859 by Louis Henry Denis Jadot, Maison Louis Jadot is situated in the centre of Beaune and is one of the leading negociants in Burgundy.Their Auxey Duresses 2000 is a nicely mature and mellow wine with smooth textured fruit that is just approaching its peak - perfect to drink now.