Premier Cru “Le Meix Bataille”, Cuvée Signature
(red) Burgundy, France; 13% ABV
$12 at the Berkeley, CA store on 15 Nov
This is another of the group of Burgundies that came to a few San Francisco Bay Area stores (Berkeley, Oakland, and San Jose, I believe) and have now nearly all gone. There were still a few of the Bouchard Nuits-Saint-George at Berkeley this afternoon. My first of these was the Bouchard 2006 Santenay, which I thought was pretty good but probably better on the older end of the back label’s suggested aging of 7 – 10 years.
The back label of this wine suggested 7 – 9 years, and indeed, I found it more accessible and complex. While it shared the Santenay’s tangy orange peel and rusty earth, its Pinot fruit was riper and darker, more medium to darker red cherry and kirsch, with complexities of other red / purple fruits and a little spice, although without the trace of the black fruit. The Santenay I could critically say was pretty good; this wine was a delight to drink.