The 12 Days of Bourgogne Wine

 


It’s high wine season – the most wonderful time of the year. And the most wonderful time of the year requires only the most wonderful wines. Oftentimes you need more than just one bottle to understand the full scope of a region, especially when it comes to a place as venerable and storied as Bourgogne -- or as you may know it, Burgundy. This region has helped define America’s taste for fine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. While eighty percent of grapes grown in Bourgogne are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, there’s an array of fabulous options on the fringes that are sure to wow your holiday guests. This is precisely why we’ve decided to celebrate The 12 Days of Bourgogne on Snooth. The twelve wines we’ve selected draw from a number of styles and grapes. What’s more, they fall squarely in the value category, ranging from sixteen to thirty-five dollars. This is far below what many people will spend on a holiday bottle of lesser quality. Each one of the twelve wines simply must be paired with a fabulous holiday dish. Note that we have listed the bottles using the following formula: Domaine/winery name, name of wine (if applicable), appellation, and vintage. Please read on and join us as we celebrate the 12 Days of Bourgogne!

Day 1

Cave Bailly Lapierre Crémant de Bourgogne Reserve Brut
 
There’s no better way to kick off the 12 Days of Bourgogne than a bottle of sparkling wine. Crémant de Bourgogne, produced in the traditional method using whole bunch pressing, is an oftentimes overlooked value from one of the world’s most skilled winemaking regions. It is a blend of the region’s key grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay, and Aligoté. The wine sat on the lees for an entire year. Lively lemon and herb aromas with a light biscuit note. Crisp, light and citrus fruited on the palate with zippy acidity, a sharp palate of lemon, grapefruit and tart nectarine, this has a medium bodied palate of sharp bubbles and the fresh fruit leaves the mouth with a refreshing reminder of cut flowers, spice and light cream. SRP: $16.

Day 2

Domaine Bart Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015
 
This is a fantastic example of a crowd-pleasing Bourgogne Rouge widely available at a terrific price. Domaine Bart has chosen to indicate Pinot Noir on the label, which can help clear confusion for novice drinkers unfamiliar with Bourgogne’s classic varietals. Herbal, mineral notes of smoky tar and toasted oak on the nose with muted cherry and red currant coming through. Fruit forward and clean palate of cranberry, cherry, strawberry and red currant fruit, with tart, puckering acidity and a smoky, earthy and brooding core of resinous plant extracts and a dark, spicy oak character presenting itself on the finish that ends with a hint of herbal medicine. SRP: $16.

Day 3

Domaine Goisot Saint-Bris Exogyra Virgula 2014
 
Most will be shocked to learn that the tiny Le Saint-Bris appellation in Bourgogne is dedicated to the production of Sauvignon Blanc – a rarity for this area in France. It’s a unique find at a fantastic price, guaranteed to impress your holiday guests from wine novice to expert. Very aromatic, intriguing and surprising wildflower, pine and eucalyptus aromas with lime leaf and grapefruit notes on the nose. Grassy and herbal on the palate with more wildflower notes and a spicy acidity running through to the finish where green melon and herb butter finish with a bit of an oaky bite to cap things off. SRP: $18.

Day 4

Domaine Hubert Lignier Bourgogne Aligoté 2015
 
Aligoté, Bourgogne’s “other” white wine grape, accounts for just about 5 percent of vineyard area in the region. These bottles are a fine and rare treat for wine drinkers of all stripes. The wines tend to be high in acidity, low in alcohol and extra-pleasing to lovers of bright tart flavors. Most of the Aligoté grapes under the Bourgogne Aligoté AC (Appellation Contrôlée) hail from Chablis, Côte d’Or, and Côte Chalonnaise. Generous aromatics of pineapple and peach with a floral freshness and hints of lemon zest. Nicely creamy mouthfeel with good weight and a smooth texture - flavors are lightly nutty with citrus notes of lemon and herbal notes of lemongrass. Good complexity but also quite approachable with excellent balance, overall a lovely wine. 90 pts. SRP: $22.

Day 5

Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc Les Sétilles 2015
 
The Chardonnay grapes for this wine were sourced from the best of both Puligny and Mersault and thus the wine falls under the Bourgogne Blanc appellation. The name of the wine, “Les Sétilles”, honors the Olivier Leflavie family garden. Steely aromas of lemon drop and wet slate on the nose with a candied citrus peel note and fresh lively tartness. On the palate this is clean, zesty and approachable with bold fruit flavors of lemon and grapefruit, good depth with notes of oak and light herb on the finish. Well balanced, with good spice and bright acidity. SRP: $22.

Day 6

Domaine Olivier Merlin Mâcon La Roche-Vineuse Vieilles Vignes 2015
    
The details on the label of a Bourgogne wine are true indicators of the bottle’s quality contents. That's why it's important for some prodicers to include commune names on the label. Olivier Merlin's Mâcon land is on the west-facing slopes of La Roche Vineuse, a commune in Bourgogne associated with high quality. The Chardonnay vines used to make this wine are on the older side, which is why the term “Vielles Vignes” appears on the label. On the nose, tart and focussed with precise acidity, notes of melon, lemon and a hint of pineapple as well, some white blossom notes. Puckering acidity and tart notes of lemon and grapefruit explode on the palate and are quickly tempered by creamy toast notes and a finish of mouth enveloping oak and earth with more notes of golden berries and a short finish. SRP: $24.

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  • Nice article, but would be truly helpful if buying opportunities were included. Where can we purchase these wines?

    Dec 11, 2017 at 2:54 PM


  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
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    I had the Cremant di Bourgogne many years ago and truly enjoyed it.
    It is impossible to find in the Rhode Island and ct. area. Even though these are not expensive, the distribution in this area is terrible.

    Dec 11, 2017 at 3:25 PM


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