This Louis Jadot Côte de Beaune Villages, a blend of Pinot Noir mainly from Chorey Les Beaune and Ladoix, is aged in oak for 12 months and comes from the rather good 2009 vintage.
A bright cherry red in the glass, there are aromas of red berry fruit, Burgundian earthiness and a touch of dark, roasted spice.
On the palate it is juicy with more red berry fruit, savouriness and a soft, mouthfilling texture.
On the finish, there is some spice and a savoury persistence.
Burgundy is France's gastronomic heartland and to me, this wine really comes into its own with food, where the lovely acidic structure can show off to its best and the subtle aromas become more prominent.
Something gamey such as pheasant would be the traditional match for this, but I found it worked satisfactorily with a slow-roast shoulder of lamb stuffed with garlic and rosemary with roast potatoes, parsnips, celery and carrots
A good, if somewhat textbook, example of what red Burgundy should be like - sadly, however, £15 is about the going rate for decent basic Burgundy, so the price is reasonable for the quality given what it is.
Louis Jadot Côte de Beaune Villages 2009, RRP £14.99 provided for review.
Available from Majestic, Nisa, Partridges of Sloane Street and other independents
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