2006 Domaine Regis Bouvier Bourgogne "Montre Cul" (Elsewhere $25)

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The source of the name for this vineyard is amusingly shown on a graphic on the bottle. Due to the steep nature of the vineyard, workers in skirts are apt to "montre cul". And you are likely to be able to tell if they are wearing culottes or not, under their skirts... But the fun aside, this is a lovely and elegant vineyard, producing wines of delicacy and red fruits. And Kermit Lynch writes about this wine: "Enough about the name, the terroir itself is known for producing a very fine Bourgogne rouge and the 2006 is no exception-it sports a classic Pinot nose dominated by petits fruits rouges such as red currant, and the Pinot fruit is just as succulent in the mouth. This beauty is drinking well, and the label is a conversation piece." And at more than 40% off the original price, it is a perfect Burgundy for everyday drinking. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/28/2009 | Send Email
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No argument, this is currently the best Pinot Noir in our stores under two sawbucks. Oh, before I unabashedly gush over the wine, I suddenly thought about the origin of 'sawbuck', so decided to look it up. Early versions of a ten dollar bill depicted the Roman numeral 'X', which somewhat resembled a carpenter's sawhorse, so there you go. Simple. Now on to the provocatively-named wine— the "Montre Cul" comes from a steep 30-year-old, 1.7 hectare vineyard near Dijon, largely consisting of sandy, iron-laden soils. Select grapes spend about three weeks or so macerating among themselves in thermo-regulated tanks, followed by almost a year in oak. After tasting this elegant, light-bodied, red-fruited Bourgogne Rouge I closed my eyes and tried to imagine how anyone on earth could craft a wine of such delicate flesh and finesse for this price. Very little left in our inventory, so I recommnend you to grab it while you can!

Staff Image By: Jeremy Bohrer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/14/2009 | Send Email
For an inexpensive red from Burgundy this is IMO (that means "in my opinion" in txt talk) the best value that we carry at the moment.(12/09) Good fruit, good body, a touch of the classic Bourgogne earthiness and voila! Delicious!

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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.