2011CharleauxBourgogne2011 Domaine Maurice Charleaux & Fils, Bougogne Rouge AC, Red Burgundy France.
A surprisingly delightful and drinkable Burgundy from a tough year, the Charleaux Bourgogne shows good depth, color and classic Pinot charm, all for a fair price. The nose is subtle with hints of dried roses, earth, spice and red fruits leading to a round medium weight palate with mouth filling cherry, plum and tangy red currants along with fresh acidity, pepper, cranberry and forest floor earthy tones. There is a pure and direct natural in this little Burgundy and there is a cool mineral essence throughout, and while not a wine to cellar, it is very pleasing and should drink nicely for another 2 years easy. I gotta say, this was impressive for the year and the price, this is fun and smile inducing Pinot Noir that I would be thrilled if it was by the glass at the bistro, tasty stuff.
($17 Est.) 88-90 Points, grapelive

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