Saturday, July 18, 2009

Bourgogne Rouge and Chinese!

Watching The Tour, enjoying a bottle of 2006 Roty Bourgogne Rouge "Cuvee de Pressonnier", about $33 - who says all Burgundy is expensive? The wine is from Rotys' holdings in the Pressonnier vineyard which lies partly in the appellation of Gevrey Chambertin, part in Bourgogne. Some growers separate the two, making or selling the Bourgogne as such, and the Gevrey under the Village level moniker. Roty declassifies the Gevrey to Bourgogne to make this favorite of mine: delicious, spicy and lively, with some dark fruits, good juicy acids, still fresh and youthful and crisp even. With an hour or so, it begins to reveal a little more of what's wrapped up down deep in this moderately priced Burgundy. More dark fruits surface, as well as more weight and richness and a flavor profile that says "solid Cote du Nuits".

Drinking instructions: Buy a case plus six bottles, hold the case 1-2 years, then open and enjoy over the next 2-3. Drink the other six in the meantime with an hour decant! Terrific tonight with pan fried pork dumplings followed by chicken in a black bean sauce with baby bok choy. Grilled Tuna or Salmon, chicken, pork, a skirt or hanger steak al la French Bistro with pan jus wine shallot reduction, frites and a green salad wouldn't be bad either! Buy it, click here and search on Roty.

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