One of the things we do best around here is offer some great, interesting wines at prices that are deemed more than fair. We taste wines from all over the world, always looking for new discoveries. It takes some time and effort, and you kiss a lot of frogs, but they’re out there. Sometimes we don’t have to beat back the bushes quite so hard as great deals can still be found from well known regions.
Red Burgundy. You love it. We love it. There’s only one thing not to like about it. Yet sometimes we pay up for it anyway. You don’t always have to. Another recent close-out discovery has yielded a sensational deal on a Red Burgundy: 2008 Chauvenet-Chopin Bourgogne Rouge.
Sure, we’ve heard stories like this one before. Daniel Chopin of Domaine Chopin-Groffier had a daughter who married vigneron Hubert Chauvenet. The 2 families combined their old vine holdings and Domaine Chauvenet-Chopin was born. The union combined Chopin’s 8 hectares with Hubert’s 9, and their holdings spread from Clos Vougeot to Nuits St. Georges. Chauvenet-Chopin has to be TWH’s favorite of importer Robert Kacher’s Burgundy producers.
The entry level Bourgogne is supple and seductive, with dazzling aromatics of cherry cola, spice, forest floor, and earth. On the palate, it is lightweight to medium bodied, with lively, uplifting freshness. The food-friendly acidity carries the finish through with finesse and balance. We’ve always been big fans of Chauvenet-Chopin’s Bourgogne Rouge and we know many of you who appreciate a price-friendly Red Burgundy do too. – Peter Zavialoff