French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Besancenot 2011 Beaune Premier Cru Toussaints
  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Besancenot 2011 Beaune Premier Cru Toussaints
  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Besancenot 2011 Beaune Premier Cru Toussaints

Domaine Besancenot
2011 Beaune Premier Cru Toussaints

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A wonderful example of a classic Burgundy Pinot Noir. Combine with other Beaune premiers crus from Domaine Besancenot for an instant introduction to the subtleties of French terroirs and vintages.

  • A deep garnet hue makes this wine look older than it is. In fact, it’s youthful, and even a little brash. Metallic scents, cherries, and something gamey dominate the nose, but there are suggestions of citrus, passion fruit, and roses, too. Light in body at first, but quickly develops a little more weight, supported by a nice core of cherry-dominated fruit and prominent tannins that linger on the finish. Approachable now, but will need time to show at its best. Likely to improve in bottle through around 2018–2019.

    Food pairing: Pigeon, game hen, duck, other game or fowl, lamb

  • Good fruit intensity on an evolving nose. Hints of truffles, with savory and gamey notes. Iron and wet earth scents are nicely complemented by fleshy cherry and red raspberry aromas. Good acidity. Concentrated, clean. Intense red fruit flavors with grippy tannins lead into a moderately long, fruity finish. Lively and bright with very attractive floral elements. Drinking well now.

    Food pairing: Meats in vegetable sauce; meatloaf

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The Creator of This Wine

Domaine Besancenot

Domaine Besancenot

Successful women winemakers? Just look at Thérèse Besancenot! Heiress to six generations of winemakers, Thérèse, along with brother Dominique, took over her father’s domaine in 2006, and has since been written up by the BBC, Vintages magazine, and the Globe and Mail. “Wine is a passion,” says Thérèse. “It comes from the heart.”

Details
Producer:Domaine Besancenot
Region:Burgundy
Year:2011
Maturity:2016-2020
Alcohol:13%
Bottle size:750ml
Color:Red
Varietal:Pinot Noir
Flavors:Cherry, Raspberry, Earth
Body:Medium
Soul:Youthful