2011 Domaine Desertaux-Ferrand Bourgogne Rouge

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Located in the heart of the vineyards of Burgundy, on the border of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, this estate was established in 1899 by Amable Désertaux. The area was then about three ha. It was not until the arrival of Bernard and Janine Désertaux that it grew to 12 ha. The installation of their children, Christine and Vincent in 1995 and 2000, has resulted in some very fine wines, and as they still fly under the radar, these are very affordable, too! This has attractive cherry notes, and red fruit, and a bright spiciness. Lots of wine for an extremely modest sum. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burugndy Buyer) In his report on 2011 red Burgundies, Stephen Tanzer writes: "As there are now essentially only two types of vintages in Burgundy and Bordeaux--"vintage of the century" and "better than expected"--that would put the 2011 red wines of Burgundy in the latter category. But such a characterization would be selling this charming vintage short. And it would reveal nothing about the crazy shape of the growing season, in which summer and spring virtually traded places. Two thousand eleven, as summarized by Faiveley CEO/Advisor Bernard Hervet, is a very rare vintage that combines the low grape sugars and freshness of a cold year with an unusually early harvest." (02/2013)

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/10/2013 | Send Email
A classic little Burgundy to be have for an excellent price. An almost perfumed nose with notes of strawberry and cherry, spice-box, pot-pourri. All of that follows through on the palate as well. A very pretty wine.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/10/2013 | Send Email
What a terrific value! Loads of earth and spice aromas. There is plenty of red raspberry fruit to keep it fun and inviting. Classic Bourgogne Rouge.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2013 | Send Email
This is no simple Pinot Noir. Bright and snappy with dark red fruits that are laced with a delicate earthiness and just a touch of spice and just enough tannin to keep it from coming across as too light on the palate. This is a go to every-night Pinot.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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