Bruce’s Pick: 2017 Regis Bouvier Bourgogne Rouge, $23

Regis Bouvier is based in Marsannay, in Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits, just north of the more famous village of Gevrey Chambertin. While Marsannay is somewhat under the radar, with the number of young talented winemakers there now, the bar has been raised and the vineyards are now being recognized for the potential they hold to make top quality red Burgundies. There are already recognized 1er Cru vineyards in this village and others such as the holdings of Bouvier that are approaching that status....but my pick is his his entry level Bourgorgne rouge.

Unfortunately, I can’t afford to drink 1er Cru Bourgogne very often, so I look for these value priced Burgundies that are from excellent sites and producers for my more casual drinking. This reasonably priced Burgundy is about as refined and elegant as Pinot Noir can get at this price. It is soft, charming, and delicious, even quaffable if you are so inclined!

The vineyard source for their Bourgogne is from a steep sloped vineyard, not the flat land vineyards that provide the fruit for many generic Burgundies. The quality of the site and winemaking are evident in this excellent value Burgundy, and, oh yes, 2017 is yet another very good (and approachable) vintage for red Burgundy.