Burgundy, France, $218, cork seal
Every year I get a three pack of Marks & Spencer's socks or jocks from Granny for Christmas. While M&S isn't particularly cool, neither is having your Granny buy your underwear, so we'll just leave it there ... Anyway I was in M&S stocking up on liquorice allsorts and thought it was time to give their wines a whirl. Their selection includes a wide range of regions and varietals; the wines are reasonably priced and though their plonk is all bottled under their own labels, many of the producers are easily recognisable. After some research I'm pretty sure this wine was made by Nicolas Potel off sixty year old vines.
The Les Senteurs Cote de Nuits-Villages 2006 is a beautiful pure crimson colour. When I poured it into the decanter I got a big whiff of smoky cherries. As it I settled down the fruit lingered and it smelt of black cherries with interesting touch of blueberry, black current and olive. Though not overly complex, it's a tasty wine with creamy cherry and strawberry flavours. It's savoury, medium bodied and has good lingering length. There are lovely soft tannins that give it an extra dimension of structured class. Drinkable? Most definitely. Remarkable? Well, maybe not, but it's a deliciously tasty wine that offers pure Pinot at a reasonable price. Les Senteurs Cote de Nuits-Villages 2006 is one of the best value Burgundies I've had in Hong Kong, well done Marks & Sparks.
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