Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir grapes, a specialty of Burgundy.
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No one has ever claimed that fine Burgundy wines would be inexpensive. All of which is fair enough, however, for Burgundy remains the wine producing region in which the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes attain their greatest potential. Following are tasting notes for Burgundy wines currently imported by and available at the Derekh Hayayin chain of wine shops.

Domaine Fourrier, Gevrey Chambertin, les Cherbauds, 1er Cru, 2006: Garnet, with a robe of royal purple showing generous cherries and raspberries on the nose, carrying over to the palate together with notes of red currants and stony minerals. Medium- to full-bodied, with gently caressing tannins rising with the fruits on a long and generous finish. Drink now-2018, perhaps longer. NIS 400. Score 92.

Domaine des Lambrays, Morey St. Denis, les Loups, 1er Cru, 2004: Garnet, with a hint of brick red, a deeply aromatic wine, showing a nose replete with crushed berries, rose petals and mahogany, those lingering nicely. On the palate appealing black fruits, the wine mature enough to show secondary aromas of earthy minerals, spices and tobacco and notes of black pepper on the long finish. Drink now-2016. NIS 400. Score 91.

Domaine Pierre Morey, Meursault, Les Tessons, 2004: Light gold with green tints, medium-bodied, a mineral-rich wine opening with citrus and papaya on the nose and palate and going on to show roasted nuts and stony minerals, all leading to a long, refreshing and complex finish. Drink now-2018. NIS 380. Score 91.

Domaine Fontaine Gagnard, Chassagne Montrachet, les Caillerets, 1er Cru, 2006: Deep gold, full-bodied with generous notes of white peach, pear and guava fruits, supported nicely by notes of stony minerals and from mid-palate on, white peaches and white pepper, all coming to a long, crisp finish. Drink now-2016. NIS 330. Score 91.

Bouchard Pere & Fils, Beaune de Chateau, 1er Cru, 2006: Deeply aromatic with strawberries and cherries on the nose, carrying over to the palate and then parting to make way for raspberries and tropical fruits. Medium-bodied, with gently gripping tannins and plenty of good balancing acidity leading to a long and generous finish. Drink now-2015. NIS 180. Score 89.

Domaine Michel Lafarge, Volnay, Clos de Chateau des Ducs, 1er Cru, 2004: Garnet toward brick-red, a fully biodynamic wine, showing medium- to full-bodied with somewhat chunky tannins that give the wine something of a sharp note on the opening, so be sure at this stage to either decant or to let the wine open in the glass so that its elements come together. On first attack plums, cherries and smoky oak, parting to make way for notes of blackcurrants. Approachable now but just coming into its own so let this one cellar until 2012 before drinking and then cellar comfortably until 2018. NIS 400. Score 91.

Louis Jadot, Pommard, Clos Poutures, 1er Cru, 2003: A luscious wine, opening with generous earthiness, parting to reveal an abundance of raspberries and cherries. Full-bodied and tannic enough to be thought of as chewy, but showing remarkable grace. A Pinot Noir for those who enjoy their Pinot on the somewhat "tough" side. Drink now-2018. NIS 300. Score 90.

Domaine Christian Serafin, Morey St. Denis, les Millandes, 1er Cru, 2004: On opening attack an odd array of earthiness, iodine and near puckering acidity, but don't let that mislead you for this one needs a bit of time in the glass for those elements to recede and for the wine to show its charms. As the wine does open look it shows generous cherries, raspberries and red licorice, supported by notes of black pepper, spicy oak and freshly picked herbs. A fascinating wine, depending on taste Drink now-2016. NIS 380. Score 90.

More from the region

The following wines are imported by the Burgundy Wine Collection and orders can be placed by sending an email to galezer@012.net.il. All were tasted on December 25, 2010.

Comte Armand, Pommard, Clos des Epeneaux, Burgundy, 2007: Dark garnet, full-bodied, with firm tannins needing a bit of time to integrate. Opens in the glass to reveal a generous array of plums, currants and wild berries on a background of earthy minerals. Long and generous. Best 2012-2020. NIS 490. Score 91.

Bernard Dugat-Py, Pommard, Vieilles Vignes, Burgundy, 2007: Deep ruby with a royal purple robe, medium- to full-bodied, with soft, gently caressing tannins. On the nose and palate blackberries, black cherries and earthy minerals come together nicely. On the long finish a note of saddle leather. Approachable and enjoyable now but best 2012-2018. NIS 640. Score 90.

Domaine d'Eugenie, Vosne Romanee, Burgundy, 2007: Dark ruby toward garnet, medium- to full-bodied, with gently gripping tannins that part to reveal aromas and flavors of red currants, plums and raspberries, with overlays of earthy minerals and baking chocolate. Tannins and earthy minerals rise on the finish, somewhat hiding the fruits. Drink now-2015. NIS 310. Score 89.