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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.

    • Pure fruit on the nose, tending toward strawberries, but overlaid with leather, musk, and darker fruit scents. Delicate yet intense. Keenly focused, with just enough acidity to balance the fruit and light tannins. Rich, seductive mid-palate preceding a moderately long, slightly grainy finish. A very pretty wine, in every sense—but not without substance. Far more refined than commonly encountered Ladoix. That Xavier Durand devotes this kind of attention to this oft-overlooked appellation speaks volumes about his dedication to fine winemaking.

      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 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.

    • 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 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!

    • The nose on this pretty, red-violet Pinot Noir is subdued—making the wine seem like a rose whose petals have not yet opened. Offers spicy black cherry on the palate, with good structure and plenty of acidity. If you open this wine in the next year or two (2015–2016), be sure to decant it and/or pair it with rich food.

      Food pairing: Porcetta

  • 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 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.

    • Earthy, wet clay scents combine with wood and suggestions of cherries and strawberries for an unusual, intriguing nose that develops herbal scents (particularly rose-scented geranium) with a little time in the glass. Seems lighter in body than it actually is because forward, youthful tannins mask the underlying fruit, but this wine has good acid and the stuffing to develop riper, richer, fruitier flavors with time. Still closed. Although drinkable now, likely to benefit from a decade or more in bottle.

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

  • 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.

    • 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 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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