Dark, Woodsy Côte de Nuits: Delightful 2017 Red Burgundy

Winemaker:   The Domaine Ravaut is the ultimate local wine source. For 120 years the family has cultivated a loyal clientele of friends, neighbors, and workers at the stone quarry in their tiny hamlet of Ladoix. Today winemaker Vincent Ravaut still sells over half their wine to folks who walk in the front door.

Appellation:   Ladoix sits on the border between the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, and the Ravaut’s farm vines on both sides. Today’s Côtes de Nuits-Villages is unmistakably from north of the border. The fruits are darker and more briary, with a hint of woodsy animal character from nearby Nuits-St-Georges.

Wine:   Like most of the 2017 red Burgundys, this is simply delightful young wine. It’s ripe and punchy with attractive, crackling tannins and a pleasant mineral finish. Jancis Robinson found “enjoyable redcurrant juiciness,” and “fine, balanced tannins.”

Pairing:   Serve this fruit-forward refreshing red with seared tuna for a terrific (if not perhaps traditional) match. For classicists, go with game, mushrooms, duck, or other wintery meats.


Ravaut Côte de Nuits-Villages 2017
bottle price: $36

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