Top 10 wines in the UK press

Domaine François Raquillet Bourgogne Rouge, France 2010

1111541xDavid Williams writing in The Observer, this week focused on wines made form the notoriously temperamental yet revered Pinot Noir grape.  

Of this “entry-level” 2010 red Burgundy, he said: “Pinot Noir, specifically the red wines made from the variety in Burgundy, does funny things to otherwise sane people.

“There’s something about the flavours –sometimes floral, sometimes earthy, sometimes just barely perceptibly animal – and the texture – like the sheerest silk –that triggers compulsion, or amour fou, in those who have had their heads turned by the best bottles.

“It can be a financially ruinous affair. Because it requires exceptional skill on the part of the winemaker, and because it is particularly finicky about where it grows, Pinot Noir tends to be expensive: it’s no surprise that the recently convicted American wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan focused on top burgundy for his lucrative fakery.

“As the Burgundians descend on London to show off their latest, small but apparently high-quality vintage (2012) to their British customers ahead of its release, François Raquillet’s entry-level 2010 Pinot is what passes for a bargain red in the region, offering that inimitable fleet-footed, gliding sensation and fragrant red fruit.”

Price: £15.75, Lea & Sandeman

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