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Wine of the week: 2015 Joseph Drouhin LaForet 

Bourgogne, France

Retail $14-$17

One of the largest estates in France's Bourgogne, or Burgundy, region is Domaine Joseph Drouhin, founded in 1880 in Beaune. Today, a fourth generation of the family maintains more than 180 acres among nearly 90 appellations in Cote de Nuits, Cotes de Beaune, Chablis, Maconnais and Cote Chalonnaise. More than two thirds of the vineyards are classified as Premier Cru or Grand Cru. For this wine, Drouhin draws from a dozen appellations, mostly Cote Chalonnaise and Cote de Nuits. Hand-picked pinot noir grapes were pressed and the juice was macerated and vinified with indigenous yeasts for two to three weeks in temperature-controlled vats. Some of the wine was aged in stainless steel tanks and the remainder in oak barrels. In the glass, it offers aromas of red berries. On the the palate, taste raspberry, strawberry and cherry, refreshing acidity and fine tannins. Drink it with pasta Bolognese, lamb and eggplant kebabs, steak, Nicoise salad and grilled salmon. Buy it at: The Wine Seller, Dorignac's Food Center, Faubourg Wines, Elio's Wine Warehouse and Pearl Wine Co. Drink it at: Galatoire's, Commander's Palace, Patois and New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center.


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