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  • 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!

    • This bright, youthful Pinot Noir has great acidity on the finish and very nice cherry fruit. Light and refreshing, serve with light fare.

      Food pairing: Chevre

  • 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!

    • Sweet spice, oak, truffles and concentrated red fruit aromas play on the nose. Medium body, with slightly tart red fruit and spice on the palate. Also with a violet note. Moderate but refreshing acidity. Attractively dry, spicy finish of moderate length. Easy to drink. Approachable now. Light enough to serve with white meat or substantial fish dishes.

      Food pairing: white meat or heavy fish 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 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.

    • A distinctive, youthful nose suggests talc, red fruit, cloves, minerals, and baking spice. Good balance between somewhat angular tannins and tart fruit that suggests both precision and power. Packed with red fruit and mineral. A big, full-bodied, robust wine.

      Food pairing: Red meats

  • 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.

    • A rich, fruity, evolving nose makes this wine immediately appealing. Scents of dark cherries and herbs rise out of the glass, the herbal scents gradually tending toward anise. On the palate, displays vibrant fruit with well-balanced acidity and healthy tannins. Very nicely balanced, with a structure that suggests good things to come.

      More open now than its stable mate (the 2012 Aloxe-Corton Les Chaillots), but, like that wine, likely to reward cellaring. The kind of wine I like to buy by the case and try at intervals over several years.

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

  • 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 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!

    • Initially somewhat closed on the nose, but swirl the glass and you’ll find resiny scents with hints of citrus, mineral, a whiff of new leather, and, eventually, some fruit as well — suggestive of dark cherries. Palate offers veiled fruit overlaid with light tannins. Fairly soft and round at the present, but with increasing acidity on the finish. A light, delicate, quiet wine that will need time to come out of its shell.

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

  • 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.

    • Not quite the wild animal that the 2010 seems to be, but with a distinctive nose of earth, wet terracotta, celery, chalk, flint, leather, and red fruit that is nearly as complex and interesting. More restrained than the 2010 also on the palate with soft but prominent tannins masking earthy flavors and hints of highly extracted, rich, fruit with overtones of leather and musk, the leathery component being especially prominent on a protracted finish marked also by lingering, fine-grained, tooth-coating tannins. Will need time to develop, but a veiled beauty with great promise.

      Food pairing: Duck; venison; rabbit; other game or fowl

  • 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

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