2016 Jean-Claude Boisset Bourgogne Rouge "Les Ursulines"

SKU #1351578 91 points James Suckling

 Some might say that this is a natural wine because zero sulfur was used during the vinification (note: there was a minimal sulfur dose before bottling). Nevertheless, a very harmonious Bourgogne rouge with lovely, dark berries. Long and supple finish. Drink now or in 2019 and 2020.  (2/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A smoky version, offering black cherry, blackberry, earth and spice flavors to match the toasty oak. This is succulent and leaves spice and smoke notes on the finish. Drink now through 2021. (BS)  (3/2018)

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Staff Image By: Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/18/2018 | Send Email
I love this perky little wine. The nose offers delicious crunchy red fruit, herbs and a hint of smokey earth. Strawberry, red currant and cranberry linger on the palate. Fresh juicy acidity make this wine really easy drinking. This wine would be great with cheese and smoked meats.

Staff Image By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2018 | Send Email
Bourgogne Rouge under $20 can be a hit or miss. When they are a hit like this one, they don't last long so stock up while you can. With fruit sourced from Nuits-Saint-Georges and Marsannay, this shows the structure and concentration of the Cote de Nuits plus some inviting allspice and harmonious acidity. If you're wondering about the fruit profile of this new vintage, consider 2014 as more cranberry , 2015 ripe black cherry, and 2016 an amalgamation of both with an extra zip of acidity.

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2018 | Send Email
Topping my list of value-driven Springtime wine is Boisset's Les Ursulines - a beautifully done entry-level red Burgundy. Showing lots of youthful, bright cherry fruit and warm spices, this is a clean, super refreshing table wine that is versatile and easy drinking. Super Recommended!

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2018 | Send Email
This is very attractive little Bourgogne with quite serious profile! It opens up with aromas of black currants and hints of cedar. On the palate it's juicy and firmly structured, with pomegranate, red plum and plum coulis flavors bursting on the palate with touch ofearth and spice. Would be a great accompaniment to duck or quail.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2018 | Send Email
Classic Bourgogne Rouge. A nose of dark cherries and fine earthiness. The palate is light polished and bright with more snappy red fruit playing against fine earthy notes.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2018 | Send Email
A great introduction to the stunning 2016 red Burgundy vintage the 2016 Jean Claude Boisset Bourgogne Rouge "Les Ursulines" is a great spring time red. Bright red cherry fruit with subtle spice and dried herbs notes the wine shows great energy and vibrancy on the palate with a firm backbone and a rush of zippy red fruits on the finish.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2020

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2018 | Send Email
I am really enjoying the entry level 2016 red Burgundy I have had a chance to taste and I especially enjoyed the Boisset Les Ursulines. A somewhat cooler vintage than 2015 the Les Ursuline still shines with pretty and generous fruit. Dark rich fruit with a touch of smokey earth comes through with lovely balancing acid and some oak weight. For under 20 this is exactly the type of easy drinking everyday Burgundy that we have been becoming known for and a spectacular addition to the daily drinkers.

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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.


- 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.