Thursday, October 6, 2016

Louis Latour Marsannay, 2006

It has been nearly two years since I last opened a bottle of this red Burgundy. And it has developed nicely during that time.

Medium light color but still bright and lively with only a bit of amber at the rim. The smells are captivating: strawberry, mint, cinnamon and flowers. On the palate, it is fruity and ripe but with acids that keep it from going over the top. I have been drinking Pinots from Anderson Valley and Russian River recently, and this wine lacks the gingery, peppery traits on the finish that add complexity to those wines. I am basically a Europhile, preferring wines from France, Italy, Spain and Portugal to those from California or Australia. Pinot Noir is the exception--and probably because I don't have the big bucks to spend for the top red Burgundies. At less than $20 a bottle, Louis Latour's Marsannay is a good value.

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