Grapelive: Wine of the Day July 30, 2016

2013DomaineduPrieure2013 Domaine du Prieure, Bourgogne Rouge, France.
Jean-Michel Maurice’s basic Bourgogne is from a plot in Savigny les Beaune and it’s carefully crafted to be an easy drinking beautiful Pinot Noir with pretty detail and soft tannins. Maurice fermented in small open top vats and then employed long cool ferments to ensure freshness and clear flavors, it spent about a year in used oak, this 2013 is light and floral with an elegant lengthy finish to go with classic Cote de Beaune red fruits and briar/spiciness. This Domaine du Prieure is an excellent value, and while Jean-Michel’s to Savigny-les-Beaune bottling are more structured, rich and forceful this little Bourgogne over delivers in it’s price class, in fact it really is a stylish Burgundy with impressive cherry, raspberry and plum layers, hints of anise, tea spice and mineral notes shine through in the glass, lively with gentile acidity, as well as having sweet rose petal, chalky earth and cedar on the nose. With it’s light to medium body and graceful form this Pinot Noir has a nice dreamy quality, though it picks up depth with air and adds complexity and traces of tangy black currant, it’s a pleasing wine that will not break the bank, for those looking for pure silky Burgundy on a budget should search this one out, drink over the next 2 to 3 years.
($22 Est.) 90 Points, grapelive