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2009 Domaine Debray Bourgogne Hautes Côtes-de-Beaune

A true low-alcohol Bourgogne for half the price of a tooth-staining California pinot, this shows true balance and minerality. Strawberries, some raspberries, and damp black earth shoveled over hot coals show on the nose. On the palate the fruit is more muted, hinting at a dumb phase calling for a couple of years in the cellar. Raspberries and strawberries, in that order, still show, but they have equal billing with smoky earth and leafy spices, sage and marjoram. The taste of fresh-licked river stone comes out with bright acids and cranberry on the finish. There is a lot of complexity here, particularly for the price, and it should reward patience in the cellar. Drink with pork loin. Recommended. DH
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2009 Domaine Poulleau Père & Fils Chorey-Les-Beaune

The nose is sweetly aromatic, strawberries in cream, with lingering hints of vanilla on background. On the palate, it is still very young, very tight, but shows promise. The sweet strawberry on the nose is tighter, tarter, trending more toward cranberry and rhubarb, with a strawberry background. Herbs are more aggressive on the palate, with marjoram and sage pushing their way toward the front, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the red fruit. Tannins are tight, too, but sweet. The finish keeps the red fruit trend going, leaving a strong, lingering, cherry stone flavor along with the tannins. Acids a high, well in balance with tannins. Drink this with patience, giving it five years before opening again. Highly recommended.
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2009 Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne

This very young wine was tight and shy. It showed streaking minerality, soft, slightly sweet key lime, and the spicy flavor of ginger snaps. It also earned four stars out of five at the 2010 Palate Press Grand Tasting. Don't drink with anything yet. This needs another year in wood, then a decade or more in the bottle.