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Great Value Premier Cru Red Burgundy

2009 Bouchard Père et Fils Auxey-Duresses Les Duresses

Bouchard’s 2009 Auxey-Duresses Les Duresses is showing beautifully with an intensely fragrant bouquet of floral and wild berry aromas.  Soft and supple on the palate, the fruit shines with the slightest accent of spice.  This Pinot’s elegant, charming finish beckons another sip.  If you’re looking for a really great “everyday” red Burgundy that offers superior quality and undeniable value, look no further.  At $28 per bottle, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Auxey-Duresses is a smaller, under the radar appellation that is nestled in the valley between Volnay, to the north, and Meursault, directly adjacent and to the south.  Directly to the north of Auxey-Duresses is Monthélie, home to a handful of premier cru vineyards and anotherplace to look for great value in Burgundy.

The 2009 Bouchard Père et Fils Auxey-Duresses Les Duresses is a lovely companion for tonight’s dinner, French Onion Soup.  I can also see pairing this with other regional classics such as Beef Burgundy.  Even a simple mid-afternoon snack of French cheeses (Saint-andré, Brie and Comte), fresh baguette and salad would be a great accompaniment for this delightful wine.

French Onion Soup

Renowned for exceptional quality, Bouchard Père et Fils is one of Burgundy’s oldest and most prestigious producers.  Established in 1731, the Domaine has grown over the centuries to encompass 130 hectares (321 acres) of the Côte d’Or’s finest vines, including 12 hectares in Grand Cru and 74 hectares in Premier Cru vineyards.  The diversity of Bouchard’s portfolio is united by the House’s dedication to producing the purest expressions of Burgundy’s unique appellations.  The result – true terroir-driven wines of consistent high quality.

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