Louis Jadot 2000 Pinot Noir Bourgogne ($16.99)
This clear garnet wine breathes plummy black fruit with a slight, pleasant "gamey" note that stops well short of the barnyard. Fresh and juicy fruit conveys a slightly sweet impression, but it's held in balance by crisp, lemony acidity; there's a hint of smooth tannins in the long, berrylike finish. A bit simple, perhaps, in contrast with some of the more portentious Burgundies we've tried in this series. But fresh fruit and good balance make it a good, easy introduction to the region all the same. US Importer: Kobrand Corp., NYC. (Feb 26, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Rich duck confit works as well with a generic Bourgogne as it does with a grand cru, this time served on a grits cake elevated with Ubriacone cheese from the Veneto.

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