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2013 Marie Andre Bourgogne Pinot Noir 

Cote d'Or, France

Retail $11

Hailing from the historic home of the pinot noir varietal, Burgundy wines are among the most prized, expensive and age-worthy wines in the world. The renowned Burgundy region — Cote d'Or in northeastern France — is comprised of the Cote de Nuits district on the northern side and Cote de Beaune on the southern half. The Romans initially cultivated vines more than 2,000 years ago in the region's celebrated limestone soils, and Burgundian wines are all about terroir, with individual environments distinguishing the styles and nuances of the grapes. This wine is from vintner Pierre Andre, founded in 1923, and features fruit from Cote de Beaune vineyards in the Aloxe-Corton, Savigny-les-Beaune and Ladoix communes. It blends pinot noir grapes from vines averaging 40 years old, the optimum age for production. Following harvest and vinification, 20 percent of the wine is aged in French oak barrels, and the remainder rested in temperature-regulated stainless steel vats. In the glass, it exhibits aromas of red and black berries and hints of mushrooms and forest floor. On the palate, taste cherry, strawberry, spice, earthy notes, gentle tannins and refreshing acidity. Decant 20 minutes before serving. Drink it with tuna tartare, grilled salmon, rack of lamb, duck confit and herb-roasted chicken. Buy it at: Costco.


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