Maison Joseph Drouhin 2012 LaForêt Pinot Noir - 88pts

Maison Joseph Drouhin 2012 LaForêt Pinot Noir (Burgundy) France

Availability: Private wine shops
Cost: $25
Alcohol: 12.5%
Date Tasted: May 17th, 2015

Tasting Notes: You're intrigued by the reputation of Burgundy Pinot Noir but the price tag of Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines scares you off. Your best bet is to look to cheaper, blended Pinots (wines made from grapes sourced from multiple, non-classified vineyards) from well-established houses like this one from Joseph Drouhin or Louis Latour. The LaForêt offers good typicity for the grape and region with an easy to swallow, under $30 price tag.

The nose is pure Burgundy with an emphasis on the non-fruit, terroir-driven, earthy/forest floor notes that the region is known for. The palate is uber-dry, yet, offers some welcomed red fruit and oak spice. The finish is a bit short for the pedigree with a watery texture lingering amongst light spices and residual tannis. Drink now-2016.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2015

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