Classic. Burgundy isn’t always the most accessible of wines. The classification system can be confusing, bottles may need cellaring, food pairing can be tricky, and there’s often a hefty entry fee. So we’re are always on the lookout for entry-level Burgundy — wine that drinks well young and that won’t break the bank.
One of our favorite sources for affordable Burgundy is the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits — a beautiful rural patchwork of vineyards, meadows, and monasteries just west of the more famous Côte d’Or. Michel Gros, our best-known winemaker, produces a wine from the Hautes-Côtes that retains the signature silky, smoky style of his more famous wines from Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny. It’s an affordable chance to see what all that Burgundy fuss is about.
“Among the Best…” Wine Critic Allen Meadows (Burghound) was effusive about the 2012 Hautes-Côtes de Nuits rouge from Michel Gros, including it in his regional list of the best values of the vintage. Citing a “beautifully well-layered nose of plum, cassis, and violets,” Meadows went on to call it “among the best that I have seen from him.”
We agree with Burghound, and having just cleaned out the remaining 2012 Hautes-Côtes from the Gros cellars, we’re pleased to report that it’s drinking better than ever. Today the wine shows juicy wild cherry fruit, a pleasant cool earthiness, and a textured, delicious mouthfeel. It’s a great Burgundy to have around when you’re not feeling the need for Chambolle-Musigny, and it comes in at less than half the price.
MICHEL GROS Hautes-Côtes de Nuits 2012
Ansonia Retail: $35
case, half-case: $29/bot
AVAILABLE IN 6- AND 12- BOTTLE LOTS
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