November Wine of the Month Preview: Remarkable Red Burgundy Under $20!

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November Wine of the Month Preview:  Remarkable Red Burgundy Under $20!

These days it is nearly impossible to discover satisfying red Burgundy for under $30, let alone this insane price, but we've done it! This is limited production Pinot Noir harvested near the famous wine village of Pommard. Exciting find with Thanksgiving and the Christmas season around the corner.

2019 Aubert Lafas Bourgogne Rouge Les Grandes Carelles

$18.99 per bottle   $227.88 per case

This estate, located in the village of Pommard, has been female operated since the late 1700s, but in 2004 Aubert became the first male to inherit the estate.  That said, he has remained true to traditional winemaking methods that the esteemed women before him practiced.  With an eye towards achieving plenty of generous fruit, Lefas often harvested his Pinot Noir grapes a couple of days later then his neighbors, letting his grapes intensify, and bulking up their sugars to offer as foils to the naturally high acidity the region is known for.

 

2019 proved once again a trying vintage in terms of vineyard work.  Very warm summer temperatures--record highs throughout France--burned some berries that needed to be dropped to ensure the health of the remaining berries on the vine.  Mild winter and spring weather gave the resilient fruit amazing concentration and depth.  So a reduction in crop, but what we get are some stunningly intense and layered wines.  My advice:  get as much as you can afford, while you still can.

 

This 2019 Bourgogne Rouge was made with young Pommard fruit, 70% whole cluster fermentation and aged in 100% barrel, only 10% of which is new.  You get just pure, fresh, lively red Burgundy on the nose, popping with red cherries and tart raspberries along with some sexy, more savory forest and underbrush aromas.

 

Generous on the palate, but very classically structured, with lighter body and just the right amount of mouth-vibrating acidity.  Randy found out the price after his first deep draw of the aromas and he told me, “Buy all they have. Perfect November Wine of the Month. ”

 

And here we are. Only 50 cases available of a remarkable red Burgundy under $20.

 

 

Comments

  1. Debra Seigel Debra Seigel

    Just bought one, coming back for more! It’s light enough to sip yet structured enough to pair with food. A real bargain.

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