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  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Xavier Durand 2011 Côte de Nuits Villages

    Domaine Xavier Durand
    2011 Côte de Nuits Villages
     

    $22

    This Pinot Noir features beautiful, concentrated fruit. An amazing value, we find it a great everyday wine. Ready to drink!

    • Still young and a little distant at first, mostly with dusty, earthy notes on the nose but also surprisingly concentrated ripe fruit scents, a hint of floral perfume, and suggestions of wood. Comparatively light in body, but exhibiting rich fruit flavors balanced by brisk acidity on the attack before a rush of renewed fruit on the mid-palate and then an extended, slightly tart finish with a hint of cola spiciness. Approachable now, but likely to improve in bottle through around 2016. Excellent value. An excellent example of the appellation.

      Food pairing: Duck; lamb; roasted chicken; earthy, mushroom-scented dishes

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Xavier Durand 2012 Côte de Nuits Villages

    Domaine Xavier Durand
    2012 Côte de Nuits Villages
     

    $22

    This Pinot Noir features beautiful, concentrated fruit. An amazing value, we find it a great everyday wine. Ready to drink!

    • A youthful pink-red color. Light and pretty on the nose with cherries, herbs, and a touch of resin. Later, hints of toast and cinnamon develop. Good fruit, bright tannins, and a solid finish make the wine immediately appealing, but with the structure to suggest it will evolve with a little time in the cellar. An excellent example of the Côte de Nuits Villages appellation.

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

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Xavier Durand 2012 Ladoix

    Domaine Xavier Durand
    2012 Ladoix
     

    $22

    A particularly fine example of this small and little-known Burgundy appellation, this Pinot Noir is a must for the value seeker looking for off-the-beaten-track wines.

    • This is an earthy wine that is just starting to come out of its shell. Nice cherry, mushroom and herbal notes. Put this bottle in your cellar for a few years and it will continue to develop nicely.

      Food pairing: Mushroom risotto

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Xavier Durand 2012 Aloxe-Corton Les Boutières

    Domaine Xavier Durand
    2012 Aloxe-Corton
    Les Boutières

    $37

    Xavier Durand calls it his best keeping wine. Made from grapes grown on the Corton hill, this Pinot Noir displays animal and robust qualities that reflect the marly clay and thick heavy soil of the lieu-dit.

    • Recommendation: open this bottle about 30 minutes before consuming. The nose was subdued at first, but developed as the bottle was open longer. Dusty cherry, fresh-cut flowers and a bit of mushroom come out on the nose and the mid-palate has great tart cherry that lasts through to the finish.

      Food pairing: Truffle parmesan french fries

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Xavier Durand 2011 Aloxe-Corton Les Boutières

    Domaine Xavier Durand
    2011 Aloxe-Corton
    Les Boutières

    $37

    Xavier Durand calls it his best keeping wine. Made from grapes grown on the Corton hill, this Pinot Noir displays animal and robust qualities that reflect the marly clay and thick heavy soil of the lieu-dit.

    • Less forthcoming at first than the 2011 Les Chaillots from the same producer, but with similar earthy scents and something evocative of wet clay or paper, but also with spice (nutmeg), meaty scents, and later cherries. Bright acidity and the slightly rustic tannins of youth balance intense, concentrated fruit on the palate. The tannins makes the fruit seem a trifle distant, but, with a little air contact, richer, sweeter flavors develop, suggestive of a more opulent, expansive future. Will need time, but likely to be well worth the wait.

      Food pairing: Coq au Vin, venison, duck or other game birds, rabbit

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Xavier Durand 2012 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Charmois

    Domaine Xavier Durand
    2012 Nuits-Saint-Georges
    Les Charmois

    $39

    Grown in light and sandy soil, Les Charmois is a softer and more supple Pinot Noir than most Nuits-Saint-Georges. It also stands in stark contrast to the harsher, clay-grown, Aloxe-Cortons from Domaine Durand. Ready to drink now!

    • The nose on this wine is a bit meaty, but subdued. It has some excellent structure and amazing fruit. This Pinot Noir would be a great addition to your wine cellar, and will continue to blossom.

      Food pairing: Gamey meats

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Xavier Durand 2011 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Charmois

    Domaine Xavier Durand
    2011 Nuits-Saint-Georges
    Les Charmois

    $39

    Grown in light and sandy soil, Les Charmois is a softer and more supple Pinot Noir than most Nuits-Saint-Georges. It also stands in stark contrast to the harsher, clay-grown, Aloxe-Cortons from Domaine Durand. Ready to drink now!

    • Bright, clean, and appetizing with a nose of citrus, flowers, red fruit, and a hint of cocoa. Vibrant acidity combines with rich, round, red fruit flavors tending toward cherries but also something suggestive of chocolate and—after a little air contact—some very appealing ripe, grapey flavors. Much more approachable than many 2011 wines from this appellation, yet with good structure. Delicious now, but likely to improve with age.

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

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Xavier Durand 2011 Aloxe-Corton Les Chaillots

    Domaine Xavier Durand
    2011 Aloxe-Corton
    Les Chaillots

    $40

    Grown like Boutières on the Corton hill, but on redder soils that elicit more substance and finer tannins from the Pinot Noir grapes, Les Chaillots is the more feminine and subtle of Domaine Durand’s two Aloxe-Cortons.

    • Talc, floral scents, and mushroom aromas shape the nose. Offers red fruit flavors—both tart and ripe—with light spice notes on a delicate frame. Medium body. Likely to be more approachable in 2016–2017.

      Food pairing: Heavier (red) meats

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Xavier Durand 2012 Aloxe-Corton Les Chaillots

    Domaine Xavier Durand
    2012 Aloxe-Corton
    Les Chaillots

    $40

    Grown like Boutières on the Corton hill, but on redder soils that elicit more substance and finer tannins from the Pinot Noir grapes, Les Chaillots is the more feminine and subtle of Domaine Durand’s two Aloxe-Cortons.

    • This is a bottle that is mature for its age: rich, brooding and outgoing. Nice spice, black cherry and raspberry on the nose. Well balanced mid-palate with plenty of structure on the mouthfeel.

      Food pairing: Bacon

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Xavier Durand 2012 Corton Rognet

    Domaine Xavier Durand
    2012 Corton
    Rognet

    $65

    Grown on the northernmost part of the Corton Hill, this Grand Cru Pinot Noir comes from old vines bought by Durand’s father in 1985. It represents the best terroir and best wine of the Durand domaine. Requires cellaring.

    • Not quite the blockbuster the 2010 was, but nevertheless complex and highly distinctive.

      Countless scents on the nose: herbs, mineral, toast, juniper, leather, wood, pine resin, dried meat, cola, nutmeg, barnyard, and grapefruit rind, to name a few. Wonderfully complex. Rich, sweet fruit on the palate, offset by delicate but solid tannins and brisk acidity. Nicely balanced and approachable now, but will need time to show its full potential.

      The kind of wine to buy by the case and try at intervals over years—if you can resist the temptation to drink it all immediately!

      Food pairing: Duck; roasted chicken dishes; rabbit, venison, or other game; lamb; mushroom or lentil dishes; or savor this wine on its own

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Xavier Durand 2011 Corton Rognet

    Domaine Xavier Durand
    2011 Corton
    Rognet

    $65

    Grown on the northernmost part of the Corton Hill, this Grand Cru Pinot Noir comes from old vines bought by Durand’s father in 1985. It represents the best terroir and best wine of the Durand domaine. Requires cellaring.

    • An expressive, unique Pinot Noir with intriguing, slightly funky scents. Cherry, truffles, and violets are key players with mushrooms in the background. As this wine matures, expect the mushroom and fruit flavors to develop and broaden. A must-have for fans of earthy, mushroomy Pinot Noirs.

      Food pairing: Mushroom risotto

  • French Red Burgundy Wine, Domaine Xavier Durand 2010 Corton Rognet

    Domaine Xavier Durand
    2010 Corton
    Rognet

    $65

    Grown on the northernmost part of the Corton Hill, this Grand Cru Pinot Noir comes from old vines bought by Durand’s father in 1985. It represents the best terroir and best wine of the Durand domaine. Requires cellaring.

    • Pungent petrol, mineral, earth, coffee grounds, and medicinal aromas characterize a complex nose. The full-bore palate suggests wet stone and other earthy, mineral elements but it also has a powerful truffle component. Overall, rich and expansive, growing in intensity in the glass, gradually offering up more truffles, dark fruit, baking spices, and licorice. Great complexity and fruit concentration. A richly elegant, sumptuous wine suggestive of power and glamour, but managing to seem refined at the same time.

      Food pairing: Meats in truffle sauce; duck in pepper sauce

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