Last week, when we wrote all about chocolate and ‘Chocolat’, people posed us the question ‘so what wine can you pair with chocolate?’ For us there is only one possible answer…
Here’s the thing. We love chocolate in the land of Burgundy. We also love drinking the eponymous world-famous Burgundian wines that have been made from Pinot Noir grapes for millennia. Having the chance to have them both together is a marriage made in heaven.
For us red Burgundy and chocolate perfectly compliment each other, bringing out the very best of both worlds. Burgundian Pinot Noir wines traditionally have the following characteristics:
Colour – Pinot Noir, a naturally thin-skinned grape, is generally pale in colour, but it is often even lighter in Burgundy.
Nose – The aromas of red Burgundy are many and varied: truffles, dark cherries, wet leaves, leather, cured meats, liquorice, pepper and exotic spices, to name a few!
Palate – Lean in texture, light in the mouth but long in flavour, dry and with a racy acidity, a product of planting in limestone soils and growing in a cool climate.
Pinot Noir vines have now been transported all around the world, although Burgundy is still very much their spiritual home. We appreciate that our world-wide audience might be able to lay hands on a bottle of red Burgundy this Sunday to go with their Easter eggs, but even so we hope you’ll be able to find a local pinot noir.
LIVE IN THE USA AND WANT TO TRY THE REAL THING?
The good news is that our friends at American wine shipper Elden Wines have a fabulous and mind-bogglingly good list of red Burgundies. Best of all we’ve schmoozed them into offering you a 10% discount on some of their finest and this week’s recommendation is their ‘Everyday Drinking Red Burgundy Mixed Case’.
Normally $312 for 12 bottles – 3 bottles each from 4 different producers – such as:
Domaine Pierre Thibert Bourgogne ‘Les Bouffales’ Rouge 2015
A single vineyard Bourgogne is often a thing of wonder, a reflection of the precise terroir of the village it comes from. And this ‘Bouffales’ shouts Nuit St. Georges. A superbly positioned parcel. Blackcurrant and pepper, supple in its attack, complete through the mid-palate with a finish on fruit. Great structure, a wine that drinks above its appellation.
Click the link below, simply enter the code FCBC10 at check out, and the 12 bottle case is yours for only $280.80 including shipping.