2009 Y. et C. Contat-Grange, Maranges AC, Red Burgundy, France.
Importer Return to Terroir has found another small family producers to bring in to the States and the wines I’ve tried by them, Contat-Grange, are lovely and interesting Pinots from near Beaune, both a Santenay and this pretty Maranges that deliver impressive quality for a fair price. The 2009 Maranges is richly flavored and highlights the ripe and generous vintage with black cherry, truffle, sweet herbs and spicy layers. The nose is earthy and full of forest floor scents, red berries and fennel that leads to a plummy palate of cherry, raspberry and cranberry fruits, hints of meat, saline and chalky minerals add interest while silky tannins and mild acidity hold things together. Drink over the next 2-4 years, this is youthful pleaser, not a wine to age as it has limited potential to develop much more, but it is nice now.
($28 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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