LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: November 3

Albert Bichot 2014 Pinot Noir Bourgogne (Burgundy, France)

Sale $16.95, Regular $18.95
Discount (until Nov. 6): $2.00
LCBO #166959 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Fresh and lively red berries with a touch of dry earth. Very pretty, with a nice bit of texture.
Pairs with: Fare that will match its light weight and fresh fruit: chicken pizza, mild charcuterie, fresh cheese, ham and cheese sandwich. Simply prepared salmon, duck or beef tenderloin.
Good for: Weekend playfulness.
Alcohol: 12.5%
Drink: Now.

Why we're drinking this
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Good cheap Burgundy is hard to find, at least on this side of the Atlantic. This is classified as a regional wine (Bourgogne), meaning the grapes can come from anywhere in Burgundy. Bourgogne wines are entry-level, lighter wines meant for consuming on the bistro terrace with some tasty snacks. The good ones exhibit primary Pinot Noir characteristics — florals, red berries, bright acidity — but don’t have the depth, complexity and longevity of the higher priced commune- and vineyard-designated wines. Bichot is a massive producer of wines at every level — and it’s nice to see them put some effort into the peasant wines too.

Tasting note
Pretty nose of cherry, strawberry-cran and cassis, even a bit of plum and blueberry. Quite amazingly fragrant for a regional wine. Delicious flavours of cherry, wild strawberry, cranberry and black currant. Light and lively, with a nice fluid texture. Soft tannins. Just a nice, fresh and fun little wine. Low alcohol (12.5%) keeps it refreshing. Medium finish, with good fruit. Stock up — this one won’t last. And it probably won’t be under $20 next year.

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