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Domaine Delagrange Haute Cotes du Beaune Rouge 2009

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Delagrange is a 14 hectare family domaine that dates back six generations.  Didier is the current proprietor and they are based in Volnay.  Most of their land is centered right around the border between Volnay and Pommard and Didier has land in some of the prime premiere cru vineyard locations. 

I personally really enjoy this 2009 Haute Cotes du Beaune.  Haute Cotes du Beaune is an appellation that was created in 1961 to give organisation to the hill sides running along the edges of the more sought after named appellations of the Cote d'Or region of Burgundy.  This wine may not have the prestige of Delagranges single vineyard Pommards, but it's a fantastic value and give you the same passion and dedication to the vineyards for about half the price ($24 retail).  Didier has about 3.5 ha just outside of Pommard on southeast facing slopes that get plenty of sun. 

People are raving about the 2009 vintage for red Burgundy, and I usually ignore that kind of buzz, but this wine is riper and fuller than normal.  It's got the lovely perfumed aroma I want from red Burgundy, with a hint of smoke and spice underlying the inviting fresh cherry aromas. 

On the palate it has ripe cherry with a hint of woodsey-ness followed up by a long finish that's a bit meaty in a way.  The texture is excellently silky and lush, enveloping and polishing the meaty woodsey qualities to perfection. 

If you want classic Burgundian Pinot Noir made by a master, this is a rare way to get it for less than $40.

This is available at the Rosemont Market in Yarmouth, Bathras Market on Willard Square in SoPo, and Downeast Beverage on Commercial St.

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