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2009 Frederic Magnien Bourgogne Pinot Noir 

Burgundy, France

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$22-25 Retail

Like many other Burgundian grape growers, generations of Magnien family farmers sold their harvested vineyards' crops each season to negotiants to bottle and sell wines under different names. After accumulating top-quality parcels in the prime Cotes de Nuits and other sites 20 years ago, the Magniens began making their own wine. The results have been impressive, and this 2009 pinot noir exemplifies the treasured Burgundian finesse and elegance while providing good value. Organically grown fruit goes into a hand-crafted, unfiltered wine aged primarily in neutral barrels. It exhibits aromas of red cherry, plum, earthy notes and a hint of baking spice. On the palate, taste cranberry, black cherry, some minerality and silky tannins. For best results, decant an hour before serving. Drink it with pate, tuna, herbed rack of lamb, braised short rib stew, glazed pork tenderloin, sauteed mushrooms, stuffed eggplant, roasted peppers, seared duck breast and rotisserie chicken. Buy it at: Keife & Co. and Whole Foods Market in Metairie.

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