Grapelive Wine of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Domaine Perrot-Minot Bourgogne “Cuvee Martine” Red Burgundy (Pinot Noir)
This dry, crisp and mineral laced Burgundy is a subtle and detailed wine with tangy cherry, rose oil, spring plum and spiced tea layers. Best to enjoy this well made wine with food to dial back the grippy tannins and brisk acidity which hold back the delicate fruit at this stage. While 2008 was a difficult vintage, there were still a good number of quality value wines that have shown up and De Montille and Perrot-Minot both produced very nice under $30 Burgundies. Christophe Perrot-Minot is one of the great talents in the region and all his wines are crafted to highlight terroir and vintage, making classic style wines, and this entry level wine made for his US importer gives a lot of character for a fair price. His Grand Cru’s are some of the best in the business and command huge prices, so it is good to see this wine available for those like me that are on a tight budget, especially as I am a huge fan of Christophe’s wines and have been luck to have had a chance to taste most all of his vintages since 1997. With an hour of air, the wine takes on a more silky texture and pretty raspberry fruit comes forward, just as a good Burgundy should do, making the last glass a final pleasing tease.
($30 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive