This is a red Burgundy made from a blend of the two main red grapes of the area, Pinot Noir and Gamay. It is a vibrant and youthful wine, very easy to drink, full of red fruits, a hint of vanilla on the nose, soft well-balanced tannins and a rounded finish. The ‘Coteaux Bourguignons’ name was created in 2011 as the 101st Burgundian vineyard appellation and comprises grapes harvested from four sub-regions within or next to the greater Burgundy wine region: Cote de Beaune, Cote de Nuits, Cote Chalonnaise and Beaujolais. Being blended across this relatively wide area means easier access to grapes and excellent value as a result in this wine. Aging of this wine primarily takes place in stainless steel vats to give a fresh, fragrant style, while the parcels from the more prized vineyards are aged in one or two year old barrels to give extra depth and body to the wine.
Joseph Drouhin, a Chablis native, arrived in Beaune at the heart of Burgundy in 1880 and founded the winery and negociant business which is now in the hands of his four great grandchildren: Philippe, Veronique, Laurent and Frederic. The family now own vineyards throughout Burgundy including the prestigious Beaune Premier Cru Clos des Mouches and Clos de Vougeot appellations. Definitely one to enjoy now, while being a delightfully easy drinking red in its own right, this wine also matches well with many charcuterie dishes such as pates, terrines and white-rinded cheeses. 13% ABV.