Bob’s Pick: 2014 Caroline Morey’s Chassagne – Montrachet Rouge, $36

Without bragging, it has been said (I said it) that our wine shop is the best and most diversely stocked there is between Seattle and Denver. A big part of that is in our cellar.

A big part of our cellar is the incredible collection of Burgundy wines. Now, I do know more about wine than most, but there’s still an awful lot I don’t know. A lot of that is related to my income and how that relates to my wine budget. I can rarely afford a bottle of wine north of fifity dollars; and when I can I usually spend it on something else. Fortunately, we’ve got plenty of great wines in my wheelhouse. Unfortunately, in this shop, I’m trusted to know how good the expensive ones are. This wine is part of my education; I study the producers.

Caroline Morey is part of a family of great wine makers from Burgundy, all of whose wines generally retail at way beyond my price point. But, I can see just how good her ‘entry’ level wine is and can then imagine how wonderful her Grand Cru’s can be.

This wine, from a bargain appellation (not so lauded and therefore expensive), shows sweet cherry notes with hints of dried lavender and pipe tobacco, a great acid balance and a lightness of body and spirit that is all Pinot Noir. For $36.00 it’s a great bottle of wine and I know now that I can recommend any of her higher end, higher pedigree Pinots with confidence.