Today, in Boston, we are in the midst of a winter storm. What better to do when you’re snowed in than take a quick trip to your local wine shop and grab a nice bottle to enjoy while catching up on episodes of your latest TV series binge? While I am currently snowed in at a wine shop myself I have hundreds of bottles to choose from, so I will tell you a bit about a lovely and affordable Burgundy I tried recently.
If you know me, you know that I can be a bit picky with my pinots, and my favorites come from Burgundy. The key for wines from the Burgundy region is the soil, it is largely limestone and some clay. That is what gives the wine its trademark minerality. The soil is also pretty rocky with all those chunks of limestone. Due to the rockiness the water tends to drain more quickly through the soil, lingering for less time around the roots of the vines. The grape vines must then extend their roots deeper into the earth, which adds more minerality and earthiness to the wine. On top of having the perfect soil for the job, Burgundy can also boast that it is the original home for the Pinot Noir grape, which is probably why the region lends itself particularly well to growing this grape.
The Maison Arnoux & Fils Les Pimentiers Savigny-les-Beaune Pinot Noir, 2012, is deep in color, maybe you could call it burgundy! It is slightly fruity on the nose with a light, bright, yet smooth flavor. It is a lighter body wine, but it does have a nice good length finish that has that characteristic minerality and a bit of acidity. You can find this wine for around $35, and considering many decent Burgundies can cost upwards of $50, that is a steal! If you are looking to set aside the $9.99 grocery store pinot in favor of something with a little more substance to keep you warm on this snowy Saturday, then this is the wine for you.