René Cacheux "Les Champs d'Argent" Bourgogne Rouge 2009
Wow, this went quickly! If you're a fan of aged Pinot Noir, you may be interested in this affordable 2014 gem from Anderson Valley.
The four-generation family estate of René Cacheux holds some of the most pristine, coveted land in the Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée to be exact.
Champs d'Argent – "The Fields of Gold" – lies just outside the dividing line of Vosne-Romanée. The famed Burgundian RN74 road runs through here, bisecting Vosne-Romanée and "Champs d'Argent" vineyards. This seemingly arbitrary demarcation means you can secure this mind-bogglingly fresh Pinot for a tiny fraction of the price you'd pay if the goal posts were moved a few yards. To put this wine into context: the wines of its Vosne-Romanée neighbors are some of the most desirable, expensive wines in all of Burgundy; it's not uncommon to find bottles trading for $300-$1000/bottle.
This exclusive library release from the exceptional 2009 vintage, one which Jancis Robinson describes as "too attractive," is lush yet tightly wound, full and expressive yet lithe. With a deep ruby core with hints of garnet at the rim, it smells of sweet pomegranate, fresh mushroom, lilacs, and candied cherry. The palate glides and caresses with sour cherry candy, bright red flowers and woodsy notes, underpinned by unmistakeable mineral grit and natural fruit tannin. It's simply a beautiful drink.
It should cost way more to have this fun drinking perfectly aged red Burgundy. Be warned, these won't last so act quickly!
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