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  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Besancenot 2010 Beaune Premier Cru Toussaints

    Domaine Besancenot
    2010 Beaune Premier Cru
    Toussaints

    $34

    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.

    • Lively and spicy, with great aromatics, including white pepper, tree bark, and cherry. A touch of oak adds character. Attractive for its rich finish with lots of grip.

      Food pairing: Cream of mushroom soup

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

    Domaine Besancenot
    2011 Beaune Premier Cru
    Theurons

    $34

    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.

    • Delightful for its very expressive, complex nose with smoke, mineral notes and toast, along with black cherries, cocoa, and meaty animal scents, and also for an excellent balance of rich, concentrated fruit, appetizing acidity, and moderate tannins. The long finish is marked by lingering grip and a resurgence of tartness. Distinctive and delicious already, but four to five more years in bottle (to around 2018–2019) will likely reveal greater depths. Worth cellaring.

      Food pairing: Duck; venison; other game or fowl; roasted chicken; earthy, mushroom-scented dishes

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Besancenot 2011 Beaune Premier Cru Clos du Roi

    Domaine Besancenot
    2011 Beaune Premier Cru
    Clos du Roi

    $34

    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 youthful, somewhat shy nose suggests red fruit and sweet spice along with something woodsy. A floral perfume suggests roses. Fleshy red berry flavors contribute to a chewy, juicy texture. Medium body with a soft, rounded quality on the palate. Good fruit intensity nicely balanced by moderate acidity, fine-grained tannins, and well integrated oak. Attractive, long finish. Likely to be more approachable around 2016 and should drink well through around 2021.

      Food pairing:

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

    Domaine Besancenot
    2011 Beaune Premier Cru
    Toussaints

    $34

    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.

    • 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

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

    Domaine Besancenot
    2011 Beaune Premier Cru
    Cent Vignes

    $34

    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.

    • Deep plummy scents dominate the nose but strawberries and a distant floral perfume hover in the background and there is an interesting interplay between the brighter and darker scents. Notable for its poise with a good balance of veiled fruit, prominent acidity, and slightly aggressive tannins suggesting a long development. Still in its youth, but promising. Likely to reward patience.

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

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Besancenot 2010 Beaune Premier Cru Theurons

    Domaine Besancenot
    2010 Beaune Premier Cru
    Theurons

    $34

    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.

    • An almost overwhelmingly complex nose makes this wine compelling before it ever touches the lips. Overflowing with scents of roses, spice, tomatoes, iron, candied cherries or fruitcake, musk, sage, and, after a little air contact, smelling very strongly of figs—not to mention a hint of licorice on the finish. The palate offers rich, layered fruit flavors mainly suggestive of dark cherries and figs again. Tasty now for its seductive fruit, but almost certain to improve with longer cellaring. Simply delicious.

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

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Besancenot 2010 Beaune Premier Cru Clos du Roi

    Domaine Besancenot
    2010 Beaune Premier Cru
    Clos du Roi

    $34

    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.

    • Red fruit, earth, and mushroom notes play on the nose, along with heavier aromas suggestive of iron and raw meat. Medium body with angular tannins and bright strawberry and other red fruit flavors. High floral notes in the background. Silky, almost chewy texture, with great fruit intensity, grippy tannins, and good, balancing acidity. Seems rich on the finish, but will need more time to mature.

      Food pairing: spicy ham and other charcuterie; sausage dishes

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Besancenot 2010 Beaune Premier Cru Cent Vignes

    Domaine Besancenot
    2010 Beaune Premier Cru
    Cent Vignes

    $34

    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.

    • Rustic yet silky Pinot Noir. Key players on the nose are wild berries, eucalyptus, and dried leaves. Ripe raspberry and currants dominate the palate, leading into a robust finish. Likely to be long-lived, improving through around 2020.

      Food pairing: Roasted lamb

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Besancenot 1998 Beaune Premier Cru Theurons

    Domaine Besancenot
    1998 Beaune Premier Cru
    Theurons

    $39

    Grown on a vineyard right in the middle of Beaune, and aged for 15 years in the winemaker’s cellar, this Pinot Noir is lighter-bodied than the ’98 Greves, and a little sharper than the ’98 Clos du Roi. A touch of acidity means if you’re serving up a fattier or greasier meat, this is the Beaune you want!

    • This wine smells a bit like bourbon-soaked cherries. It is big on the nose, but subdued on the mid-palate and finish. May need a bit more time for those flavors that came out on the nose to develop in the bottle.

      Food pairing: Stinky cheese

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Besancenot 1994 Beaune Premier Cru Theurons

    Domaine Besancenot
    1994 Beaune Premier Cru
    Theurons

    $39

    Aged for 21 years in the Besancenots’ cellar, this venerable Pinot Noir exudes complex aromas and a rich, round and vibrant palate. A rare opportunity to savor a great Burgundy at its peak of maturity.

    • Rose petals, citrus, meat, leather, and earth form a complex, evolving nose. Later suggestions of chalk, cinnamon, cherries, and, eventually, stewed fruit with a hint of celery. Round and surprisingly rich palate, but with delicate, leathery tannins on an extended finish. Puts me in mind of an old-school style Manhattan — rye, bitters, vermouth, and a real candied Marasca cherry. Delicious and an excellent value.

      Food pairing: Duck; roasted chicken dishes; rabbit or other game; mushroom or lentil dishes

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Besancenot 1998 Beaune Premier Cru Clos du Roi

    Domaine Besancenot
    1998 Beaune Premier Cru
    Clos du Roi

    $39

    Made from Pinot Noir grown on the northern side of Beaune and aged for 15 years in the Besancenot cellar. A softer, more subtle and bready taste than the 1997 Bressandes or the 1998 Greves, with less acidity than the 1998 Theurons. We’ve nicknamed it our “Oh-Wow-That’s-Good” wine!

    • More fruit than funk, which was unexpected for a wine of its age. Great baking spices, cherry and red fruit. There’s also a nice hint of licorice. Given the fruit, this would be a good wine to try side by side with a more current vintage of Burgundy, or put away for a few years.

      Food pairing: Chocolate souffle

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