This red Burgundy is a good, uncomplicated introduction to one of the world’s most renowned wine regions. It makes a nice summer evening drink after work and is gentle and versatile enough to have on its own or with salads or with something a little heavier like roasted vegetables, for example. There’s lots of refreshing, crunchy red fruit going on – raspberry, red currants and maybe a touch of blackberries – with a precise finish and a slightly herby after taste.
Burgundy is a relatively narrow region in the east of France, and runs north to south, with Beaujolais – the southern-most tip and formally part of Burgundy, even though the wines are very different to the heart of the commune. Whilst the area itself is quite complex to understand – Burgundy has been sliced into a myriad of sub-regions – just four types of grapes are used. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay dominate.
Burgundy produces some of the best – and also most expensive – wines in the world. The latter is due to a number of reasons other than quality: Pinot Noir is a difficult, labour-intensive grape to work with, plus Burgundy is incredibly sub-divided (inheritance laws, villages double-barrelling their names to enable them to take advantage of the best vineyards). As such, many vineyards are tiny – hence miniscule production – yet demand around the world is immense, thus driving up the demand.
That said, Louis Latour is one of the biggest producers and makes a huge range of wines, from basic (such as this one) to very expensive from the Grand Crus.
At a glance
- Style? Medium bodied red wine
- Where is it from? Burgundy, France
- What’s the grape? Pinot Noir
- Tastes of? Red summer berries, with a bit of a crunch
- What food would complement it? Light salads and hard cheeses; we enjoyed it with Buckwheat with Sundried Tomato & Aubergine