Christy Canterbury MW

Location: New York, NY

Master of Wine. Wine judge+public speaker. Journalist for Snooth+Decanter+TimAtkin.com+Beverage Media+SOMM Journal+Civiltà del Bere+others. Short-listed for the 2014 Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award. Incorrigible traveler!

2010 Red Burgundy Recommendations

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Régis Bouvier Bourgogne Pinot Noir En Montre Cul (2010)
Comments: This Bourgogne Rouge merits its lieu-dit. First, the vines sit on a hillside, not on a plain. Second, they are 50-years-old. The wine shows height-of-summer blueberry fruit, supple tannins and grapey youthfulness. Shell out the few extra bucks for this rather than the “straight” Bourgogne. Drink through 2015.
Average price: $22.99 from 1 store
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2 Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair Fixin Clos Marion Monopole (2010)
Comments: I’ve never tasted Fixin like this. It’s so delectably juicy that it makes me blush. Accented by licorice, the plum-filled mid-palate is kept in-bounds by perky acidic tension and powdery tannins. Drink through 2016.
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3 Domaine Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle-Musigny (2010)
Comments: Rich crimson in color, this wine almost vibrates with underbrush, freshly-dug truffles and moss-covered logs. The fruit ranges from tart cherry to ripe plum and wild blueberry. The near-tart acidity is finely balanced by the gracious tannins. A leaner example of the vintage to drink through 2020.
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4 Domaine Stéphane Magnien Bourgogne Passe-Tout-Grains Cuvée Tradition (2010)
Comments: A Gamay and Pinot Noir blend. The Gamay donates the wine’s supreme juiciness and purple inflections. The Pinot Noir lightens the body and adds mineral finesse to the nose. Pure fruits of pluot, loganberry and blueberry work into the mix. Drink now to 2014.
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5 Domaine Daniel Rion Nuits St. Georges les Lavieres (2010)
Comments: This is an exciting bottling. It displays loads of exuberance with lavender high tones and rich, blackberry juiciness. The package is balanced by lightly tugging tannins. The finish lingers longer than I’d expect for a village wine. Will develop well through 2020.
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6 Domaine d'Ardhuy Côte de Nuits Villages 'Clos des Langres' Monopole (2010)
Comments: This wine’s fruit generosity does not betray its minerality. Dark berries are strewn amidst the underbrush aromas and the musky note renders the wine a bit rustic. The firm tannins do, too. Could use time in bottle but will drink well through 2017.
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7 Aloxe Corton Follin-Arbelet (2010)
Comments: Overall, it’s rather simple with a short finish, yet this wine delivers great delight. A textbook Côte de Beaune rouge, it offers a bounty of fragrances: red currant, ripe strawberry, exotic mushroom, dusty earth and iron. The slightly crunchy tannins and brisk acidity should help the wine carry well through 2017.
Average price: $66.00 from 3 stores
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8 Comtesse Bernard de Chérisey Blagny la Genelotte Premier Cru (2010)
Comments: This compelling bottling hails from the hill above Puligny-Montrachet. The aromas are replete with fresh-snapped branches, dried mushroom and black raspberry. Slightly roguish tannin and mouthwatering acidity frame the medium body. The pretty, engaging finish suggests this wine will age well through 2020.
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9 Domaine Chevrot Maranges Sur le Chêne (2010)
Comments: The over-arching elegance in this wine is the first thing I noticed – from first sniff through the fair length. Laden with red and blue berries, there’s a lovely spiciness attributable to some whole cluster fermentation. A bit rough-and-tumble now, should drink well beginning in 2013-2014.
Previously available for $32.00
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10 Domaine Chofflet-Valdenaire Givry Rouge Ac (2010)
Comments: This gruffly tannic and foursquare Pinot Noir exudes smoke, truffles and minerals along with ripe black plum, blackberry and licorice. This is a wine for food, and it could use time in bottle. Begin approaching in 2014.
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