Jean-Luc Dubois 2005 Savigny les Beaune "Les Picotins" ($28.00)
This is a clear ruby wine, on the dark side for a Burgundy, perhaps bespeaking the ripeness of the 2005 vintage. Ripe cherry aromas add a delicate herbal note that falls somewhere between tarragon and lavender. Crisp and fresh, tangy and tart fresh-fruit acidity lifts up juicy cherries on the palate, with subtle notes of earth, structured by soft but perceptible tannins. A fine young villages Burgundy with real aging potential. US Importer: Vintner Select, Mason, Ohio, Michael Skurnik, N.Y., and North Berkeley Imports, California. (Apr 11, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Pinot Noir is one of the most versatile wines with food, and that goes double for good Burgundy. Beef or lamb would be perfect; salmon or sashimi-quality tuna just fine. I irreverently (but successfully) paired it with something completely different, a rustic dish of Italian sausage sauteed with peppers and onions over penne pasta.



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