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  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut 2010 Côte de Nuits Villages

    Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut
    2010 Côte de Nuits Villages
     

    $23

    A good basic Burgundy Pinot Noir, this wine is fruity and balanced. Ready to drink now, it will mellow further with a year of cellaring.

    • Medium-intensity cherry, light floral notes, pepper and sweet spice, hints of truffle and a light, earthy minerality mark the nose. There’s a distant suggestion of anise as well. The attack on the palate suggests mostly something floral. Medium body, with appetizing acidity and a slight astringency. Crisp red fruit dominates the mid-palate, but layers of savory flavors lurk in the background, lasting through a lively, fruity finish. Likely to go well with mushroom risotto or stewed beef dishes.

      Food pairing: mushroom risotto

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut 2010 Ladoix Premier Cru Les Basses Mourottes

    Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut
    2010 Ladoix Premier Cru
    Les Basses Mourottes

    $34

    Grown just a dirt-road across from Grand Cru Corton Hautes Mourottes, this Ladoix Premier Cru is a refined Pinot Noir with an excellent balance of tannins, fruit, and acidity. Drinkable now, will keep a few more years.

    • Light, but intense with great backbone and balance. Offers earthy notes, white mushrooms, raspberry, cranberry, and something a bit dusty on the finish. The solid structure suggests this wine will improve at least through 2017.

      Food pairing: Risotto

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut 2010 Ladoix Premier Cru La Corvée

    Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut
    2010 Ladoix Premier Cru
    La Corvée

    $36

    Grown on South-facing slopes at the Northern edge of the Côte de Beaune, this Premier Cru Pinot Noir combines the richness and complexity of the Côte de Nuits with the finesse of the Côte de Beaune. Drinkable now, but may benefit from another year of cellaring.

    • Complex, evolving nose suggesting iron, meat, blood, black pepper, and cherries, with slightly nutty, oaky notes. Prominent floral suggestions. Good concentration on the palate, which offers red licorice, black pepper, and brambles. Medium body with an ample frame, while prominent acidity lends a lingering zestiness. Still young. A wine to try again around 2016.

      Food pairing: Meat tart

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut 2010 Corton Hautes Mourottes

    Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut
    2010 Corton
    Hautes Mourottes

    $72

    This Grand Cru Pinot Noir is grown on the limestone of Corton Hill’s upper eastern slopes. Upon aging, it becomes rich and vibrant, complex and ever-changing on the palate — but it is less approachable when young. The 2010 vintage can’t be beat, but it requires cellaring. For a vintage that is ready to drink now, try our 1999 or 2003.

    • The keynotes in this well structured Pinot Noir are dark berries and violets. The nose is more floral than fruity. Expect the berry flavors to dominate the palate once the wine develops. Excellent acidity and balance.

      Food pairing: Pork tenderloin

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut 2010 Corton Bressandes

    Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut
    2010 Corton
    Bressandes

    $72

    Good for cellaring. This Grand Cru Pinot Noir, grown on the east side of Corton Hill, is intense in both color and flavor, with a stout yet harmonious body. Although best aged for 8-10 years, we find it more approachable when young than the Hautes Mourottes. For a ready-to-drink version, we recommend the 2002 vintage.

    • Floral on the nose, with dusty, powdery aromas and background truffle notes. Concentrated strawberry jam and sweet spice flavors with violet notes. Chewy, fleshy. Medium body. Offers a core of pure, expressive fruit and precise structure. Moderately long finish, but seems slightly closed now. A wine to try again in 2017.

      Food pairing: game, pot roast

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut 2002 Corton Bressandes

    Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut
    2002 Corton
    Bressandes

    $75

    A rare opportunity to taste a Grand Cru Pinot Noir after years of aging — without the wait! Bressandes comes from the east side of Corton Hill, and is intense in both color and flavor, with a stout yet harmonious body. Drink now, or wait a few more years! Note: older vintages can be fragile. See our recommendations for how to open and serve older wines.

    • A complex nose with nutmeg, sweet spice, cedar, oak, black truffles, earth, and a little barnyard. Also a very faint iodine aroma, floral notes, woodsy scents and nutty suggestions. Substantial body. Tart, with bright, concentrated, red fruit flavors as well as dark, brambly fruit and licorice. Lively acidity nicely complements a chewy, viscous mouthfeel. Nuts, wet earth, spice, and herbal notes. Sinewy tannins support an ample yet elegant structure. Good balance. Lengthy finish. Still developing. Likely to drink well through around 2019. Recommended for people who like their wines full-flavored and robust.

      Food pairing: Hearty tomato-based pasta dishes or game meats.

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut 2003 Corton Hautes Mourottes

    Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut
    2003 Corton
    Hautes Mourottes

    $79

    This Grand Cru Pinot Noir, born from the limestone slopes of Corton Hill, will grow rich and vibrant with age, complex and ever-changing on the palate — but it’s less approachable when young. This vintage (2003) and the 1999 are both ready to drink now. Note: older vintages can be fragile. See our recommendations for how to open and serve older wines.

    • A complex nose with some barnyard funk (in a good way!), forest floor aromas, and wet earth with a mineral character. Truffles and savory notes along with baked plum. Medium- to full-bodied, the palate features licorice, spice, floral elements, and prominent high-toned cherry and strawberry flavors. Good fruit supported by medium acidity—despite a hot vintage. Mouth-coating, with tingly, grippy tannins. Elegant structure. Quietly classy. I love the precision here! Drinking well now, but likely to remain attractive through around 2019.

      Food pairing: venison and other game meats; strong cheeses

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut 1999 Corton Hautes Mourottes

    Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut
    1999 Corton
    Hautes Mourottes

    $79

    A rare opportunity to taste a Grand Cru Pinot Noir after years of aging — without the wait! Hautes Mourottes comes from the limestone of Corton Hill’s upper eastern slopes. Aging makes it rich and vibrant, complex and ever-changing on the palate. This vintage and 2003 are ready to drink now. Note: older vintages can be fragile. See our recommendations for how to open and serve older wines.

    • A reddish bronze tint reveals this wine’s age, but it still has plenty of life. A deep, rich nose suggests ripe black cherries, clove, and cassis. After the wine has had time to breathe, it begins to reveal even more spice and fruit. Drinking beautifully now but likely to remain attractive through at least 2017.

      Food pairing: Beef stew

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