2014 Château de la Charrière Bourgogne Pinot Noir

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In 2003, Yves Girardin, a 10th generation grower in Santenay (and brother of Vincent Girardin) acquired this property and built a new winemaking facility. More recently, after completing technical training, Yves's son Benoit has joined him, representing the 11th consecutive generation of the family to grow wine in Santenay. Working in their new cellars, they have really improved quality a tremendous amount in the last few years, and we are excited to import their wines directly. The fruit in the Bourgogne Rouge comes from estate vineyards just south of Cheilly-lès-Maranges. The 2011 is made in an elegant style, with nice length and a bit more structure than the 2010. This was done half in barrel and half in cuve (tank), to preserve the fresh red-fruited quality. Lots of very fine tannins on the finish.

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2016 | Send Email
This is a great little buy from one of our small growers that we work directly with in Burgundy. Out of any of our Bourgogne Rouge wines, the 2014 Charriere shows more balance and elegance while incorporating a richer style than is usual in Burgundy. With pretty red and black berry notes, the wine is soft on the palate, with fine tannin and just the right element of acidity to keep it light on its feet. I would highly recommend this as a great bargain Burgundy or for anyone looking into Pinot Noirs from around the world.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/13/2016 | Send Email
We had a chance to visit Benoit Girardin this past May and taste his current releases. For me, his wines really show a purity of fruit that is refreshing to taste. The 2014 Bourgogne is a wonderfully light, crisp and crunchy style Pinot, which shows earthy hints and a savory finish. This wine will pair excellent with a variety of lighter summery dishes!

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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

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5