2014 Philippe Gavignet Bourgogne Rouge, $24.00

I might get out of my Burgundy rut if we would just stop bringing in new and interesting wines into the store from Burgundy. With Divit doing the buying, that's not likely to happen, so I just had to try the new vintage of Philippe Gavignet's entry level Bourgogne. Wow! I wasn't prepared for the finesse and harmony that was on display from such a young wine, with a brilliant luminescent garnet color and beautifully enticing bouquet. This cuvée comes from two plots of 45+ year old vines in Nuits St. Georges where Gavignet is based. While Nuits itself is known for muscular, tannic wines, this one is all about elegance and shows the deft touch of the winemaker. The small 25 acre, fourth generation estate has flown somewhat under the radar, but it is now firmly on mine. I would rather drink this wine any day over most domestic Pinot Noirs in its price category, and in fact many more expensive ones as well. Come to think about it, there has been a radar sighting: this 2014 has been awarded a gold medal at the prestigious Concours General Agricole in Paris this year.