Monday, April 30, 2007

A Good Value-Priced Pinot

The quest continues for good value-priced Pinot Noir. This wine is probably the best example yet that I have found of a value-priced Pinot that comes through with high grades fro quality. It is a lovely wine, no doubt about it. A lighter style though, so those of you looking for that value bottle of brawny Pinot, this is not the wine for you.

2004 Henri Prudhon et Fils Bourgogne Les Charmeaux,

Translucent deep red rose color. Highly perfumed, some tree bark and leaves, a hint of minty herb after a half hour open, also a hint of aspartame. The nose is the star here, although the high toned dried cranberry and fresh sour cherry palate is very nice too. There is a lingering dried rose petal finish that is really nice. This is a good stand alone wine, although it's much better with food - there is good acidity. At under $20 I would grab a few bottles if I saw them, and drink them this year.


Dr. Debs said...

Sounds just right for a late spring and summer pinot. Thanks for the tip--I'll keep my eyes out for it.

Joe said...

We are watching your grail quest with great interest. Don't see the Prudhon locally, but I will keep an eye out for it. Cheers!

Brooklynguy said...

Hi Debs and Joe,
Thanks for the comments. Not sure why it would be spring or summer exactly - I think it would be great with any sort of stew in the winter too, but I like bright and light wines with hearty winter food. Prudhon is at Chambers Stree for one, so next time in NYC Joe...

As an addendum?: the wine did not show well on the second day, and that is with a pumped rubber seal and refridgeration. Drink this one up when you open it.

Joe said...

good follow up - it is nice to know how some of these wines do the next day. Of course I will visit Chambers next time!