2010 Nicolas Potel, Bourgogne Rouge, France (Red Burgundy-Pinot Noir)
Based in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Nicolas Potel crafts many fine Burgundy wines and while this 2010 Bourgogne is not among the domaines best, it is a remarkable value and gives a light and elegant wine that has lots to be happy about in this price class. “Nicky” Potel’s simple red Burgundy offers bright cherry, floral essence, plum and mineral notes, but look for this wine to fill out a bit more over the next year, but it was meant to be enjoyed young and fresh so don’t store it away in hopes of it becoming a future masterpiece, just pop the cork on this delightful little Pinot Noir when you want a nice soft red. There is some good stuff going on here and while not really complex or deep it has plenty charm and grace.
($16 Est.) 89-90 Points, grapelive
Avail at www.sfwtc.com ($12.95)