Barry’s Pick: 2015 Sarrazin Maranges Rouge, $32.00

Divit and I discovered this wine at the North Berkeley Import tasting in San Francisco a few months back. Immediately upon tasting, we both knew we had found a wine that we had to have in the shop. This was my first experience with this particular appellation and I was very impressed. Maranges is the furthest south of the Côte de Beaune appellations in the Bourgogne region of France. The reds are comprised of Pinot Noir. Though rare, up to 15 percent of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc or Pinot Gris can be used as accessory grapes. 2015 is said to be a fantastic red vintage in Burgundy, and from my experiences thus far I greatly concur. After taking a bottle home and having it with my dinner (which included fresh Morel mushrooms I picked with Divit and Bill Elbring of North Berkeley Imports) I realized it was even better than I originally thought, making it a truly outstanding value. Brothers Guy and Jean-Yves Sarrazin (the family’s roots in the region reach back as far as the 1700s) avoid the use of herbicides and pesticides, a technique locally referred to as “lutte raisonee,” and hand harvest the grapes, fermenting them on indigenous yeasts in temp controlled cement tanks before ageing them in new and used oak barrels. The result is a wine with beautiful ruby red color and flavors and aromas of cherry, violet, pomegranate and spice. The wine is svelte and tart with well-balanced fruit and acidity—it was extremely hard to keep my hands off the bottle. The best-valued red Burgundy from 2015 I’ve tried yet, I highly recommend it to anyone who likes wine. Cheers!