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Burgundian Bargain!!

2009 DOMAINE DES 7 TERROIRS Bourgogne Rouge
$15.95 bottle/ $154.00 case

Cue question for the ages: “Why, when we have world class pinot noir vineyards less than an hour away from my front door do I have to go several thousand miles to get a bottle of classic pinot noir this good at this price?”
And the answer is: “Damned if I know!”
7 terrBut if a trip is what it takes, then that is what I’ll encourage because this is an astonishingly good pinot from the region that makes grown pinot-philes weep, the hallowed vineyards of Burgundy. Plus it is made by one of the first families of that appellation, the highly esteemed Thevenet clan. They produce barrels of pinot from seven different old vine (think on average 40+ years) vineyards and blend them into one silky, elegantly textured red that absolutely caresses your palate with its pure strawberry, spice, plum, and earth tinged fruit. The finish is lush, long, and delicious, leaving traces of ripe summer blueberries and spring blossoms for your tastebuds to savor. 2009 was a warm vintage in Burgundy, which in this case is an free bonus provided by Mother Nature, as it adds added depth and weight to the fruit. Just now entering prime drinking territory, I can’t tell you strongly enough what an amazing buying opportunity this is. Perfect for your dinner tables right now and over the next 2-5 years, you simply don’t see Burgundy this good for anywhere near this price!

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2010 Chateau de Costis Bordeaux
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2011 NOTRE DAME DE LAVAL Cotes du Roussillon
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