Wine of the Weekend
By Kerry Winslow
2009 Frederic Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin “Clos Prieur” Red Burgundy, France.
It has been a long time since having Frederic Esmonin Burgundy, but I will not let another 5 to 6 vintages slide by again after tasting their lovely 2009 Gevrey! This wine is a steal! Even with the Euro exchange it is insanely low priced considering the vintage and quality here, you’d be hard pressed to find a cheap Bourgogne at under $40 these days, and this is a Cru class wine, a Gevrey-Chambertin! The nose is classic rose petals, tangy cherry and mineral spiced with an elegant, rather delicate palate of wild strawberries, cherries and crisp plums, with subtle truffle, a whiff of vanilla and tea and dried flower spices. This is a pretty Pinot Noir, a true and pure Burgundy that brightens the emotions and gives plenty of joy, it is not a blockbuster fruit bomb, but then it is better for it, being a very fine wine and an excellent example of the grape. As with all good things it is a limited release in the States, so find it if you can as it will go fast! By the way, it should develop and fill out over the next few years, drink now and for the next five.
($39 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive
Available at www.sfwtc.com ($36.95)