Red cherry and kirsch aromas. Fun and fruity on the palate, yet well structured, with open ripe red berry and cherry flavors, racy acidity, and very soft tannins.
The Fine Wines Of France: Second only to Italy, France is the largest wine producing country in the world. Often times, French wines are the standard by which other wines are judged. For example, Bordeaux reds, also known as clarets, are always referenced when Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet blends are mentioned. Similarly, you could not talk about fine Pinot Noir or Chardonnay without also discussing the red and white wines of Burgundy. This quality is a byproduct of France's diverse climate and terrior which produce wines of unique style and flavor. The major French wine regions are Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Alsace, Rhone and Champagne. And the grape varietals predominately used throughout France are also used throughout the world, sometimes in an effort to reproduce the elegance found in the wines of France. The major grape varietals, which are now international varietals, are: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Some great French wine producers are: Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Palmer, Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, Chateau de la Maltroye, Paul Jaboulet Aine, Nicolas Potel, Domaine Christian Moreau Pere & Fils, Olivier Leflaive, Verget, Lucien Albrecht, Domaine Marcel Deiss, Pascal Jolivet, Chateau La Nerthe, Paul Avril, Chateau de Beaucastel and many other French wines.
Wine has been made in Burgundy for over 2,000 years. The monks were responsible for first identifying specific plots of lands as superior to others; this hierarchy later became the basis for the region’s classification system. Today, that system identifies four tiers of wine: regional (ie, Bourgogne), village (ie, Chablis), Premier Cru (ie, Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillon") and Grand Cru (ie, Chablis Grand Cru "Les Clos"). This classification in and of itself does not guarantee that a wine will be better than another, it simply means that it has the potential of being superior given its location. For a wine to take the prestigious designation of a region or parcel on its label, all of the grapes in the bottle must come from just that specific area or plot.
Burgundy and its classification can seem a bit daunting to some. But, if you can master understanding Burgundy, the rest of the wine world will seem easy. Basically, all red Burgundies are Pinot Noir and all white Burgundies are Chardonnay with two exceptions: Beaujolais reds use the Gamay grape and Aligote is the only other white grape permitted. Burgundy, unlike Bordeaux, is a non-blending region, which means only the aforementioned grapes are permissible. For this reason, Burgundy tends to attract "purists" who appreciate the single grape and what nature gives the winemaker in any given season.
Some of the finest Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs come from Burgundy. There are five key districts in Burgundy: Chablis, Cote d'Or (which is subdivided into Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune), Cote Chalonnaise, Maconnais and Beaujolais. In Cote de Nuits, villages such as Nuits-Saint-Georges, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanee, and Gevrey-Chambertin are home to some of the finest Pinot Noir made anywhere. Cote de Beaune is home to some of the finest and well-known Chardonnay villages where seven of the eight Grand Crus are produced. Villages such as Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet and Meursault are the mighty three of the Cote de Beaune and produce some of the most complex and elegant Chardonnays on the planet.