Crisp, Refreshing, Delightful 2018 Red Burgundy. $29

Prunier's Bourgogne Pinot Noir is juicy, clean and delicious.

Michel Prunier and his daughter Estelle make delicious, traditional Burgundies in Auxey-Duresses. In some vintages Prunier’s reds occupy the lightweight end of the spectrum, requiring some time and a careful food pairing. But in 2018 all they need is a corkscrew and a glass.

Despite record breaking heat in 2018, the Pruniers managed to create real, traditional red Burgundies — a balance of earth, fruit, and freshness. Their 2018s from Auxey-Duresses and Volnay are serious and ageworthy — we think in a year or two they’ll be excellent, with loads of red fruit and solid, distilled cores. But their Bourgogne is terrific today.

The Bourgogne rouge 2018 is juicy, punchy, and delicious. From a warm, very ripe year, the Pruniers have crafted a wine bursting with fruit and spunk — the nose shows beautiful ripe cherries, with notes of licorice and roses. The mouth is fine and chalky, with a croquant (crackling) mouthfeel and elegantly filled in tannins.

This isn’t long or subtle or ageworthy — it’s weeknight red Burgundy full of character. Serve it cool, and pair it with a simple salad or fancy takeout pizza.


Prunier Bourgogne rouge 2018
bottle price: $29

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