2011 Maison Ambroise Bourgogne Rouge (Elsewhere $25)

SKU #1163708 Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A fresh, rustic and very earthy nose of red and dark pinot fruit aromas leads to nicely rich, round and energetic flavors. The clean and dry finish displays no youthful asperity though the complexity is no better than average.

K&L Notes

Bright and crunchy fruit, with nice spice and bright acidity. Charming and refreshing. Perfect with that Grilled Chinook salmon.

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By: Keith Wollenberg |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/27/2014  | Send Email
Crisp, bright and just a bit earthy, this has unmistakable Nuits-St-Georges character, which is not a surprise, since that is where the fruit is sourced from and where the winery is located. But to get this much character and unmistakably Burgundian flavor and aroma is a very pleasant surprise at this price point. On the palate it has a bit of brambles and nice crunchy black fruit. This is not about complexity or patience, but it is about a delicious, affordable Pinot Noir that really speaks of Burgundy. It's finished in a Stelvin Luxe twist top for easy access at your next barbecue, or drinking over the next couple of years.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2016

By: Angie An |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/27/2014  | Send Email
This little Bourgogne is actually sourced from Nuits-St-Georges. "Iron fist in a velvet glove"! I love the earthy tone this wine has to offer, along with dense cherry note and a chewy finish. A great deal for Bourgogne Rouge!

By: Sal Rodriguez |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/22/2014  | Send Email
This has a lovely, lifted nose of "crunchy" red fruit. A delicious, medium bodied, fruit and black pepper on the palate. It offers a medium length black cherry and herb note on the finish. It's hard not to love this delicious Pinot. At this price, it is a solid value red wine to have around the house.

By: Mellyn Craig |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/22/2014  | Send Email
This is a great value folks! The Ambroise is a very quaffable Bourgogne with a true sense of place, which is hard to come by under $20. This wine has lots of zesty acidity, spices, nice minerality and dark fruits. This will pair with many foods, but it will be a great choice with BBQ. Enjoy!

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/22/2014  | Send Email
Solid and serious Bourgogne for well under 20 bucks! Strong Nuits style wine; zesty and mineral driven, spicy red fruit with hints of black licorice.

By: Shaun Green |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/22/2014  | Send Email
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Now this is a great deal! Ambroise is from NSG, and you can really tell in the glass - this on it's own makes the price unbelievable. The wine has great fruit in a fairly deep slightly modern sense, and yet shows a lovely sense of place as distinctly Burgundian. A round and rich texture and earthy notes with a bit of rose petal at the end, this is drinking great now, and pairs great with summertime fare so don't wait! Get yours before they're gone!
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2016

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Varietal:

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.
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France

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Nuits Saint Georges

- A long, narrow appellation, and the southernmost commune of importance in the Côtes de Nuits. Nuits St. Georges tend to be sturdy, muscular wines, which are tannic in their youth. There are no Grands Cru in the town, but several Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from the north side of the village, towards Vosne-Romanée are distinctly different in character than those from the southern vineyards. The vineyards traditionally among the best are in the South, including Cailles, Vaucrains, St. Georges, and Argillières. These vineyards are on deep brown limestone. The northern vineyards, on the other side of the river Meuzin, have more in common with those of Vosne Romanée. The vineyards are composed of pebbles and limestone, and the wines have more of the finesse and elegance of Vosne, but with the structure of Nuits St. Georges.