I am SO EXCITED to share my first Wine of the Month post with you all! Each month, I’ll focus on one bottle of wine that caught my attention based on taste, experience, quality, value, or a combination of these. So, let’s get into it.
For my first choice, I decided to share a tried and true favorite: Louis Jadot’s Pinot Noir Bourgogne. This wine is an insane value for the taste and texture, so it’s one that Mike and I will grab more often than not for a casual night in. Costco usually has it at a really good price, and I’ll usually try to find the 2013 vintage.
(Pro Wino Tip: If all you’re seeing is 2014s, check far back on the shelf or underneath the top ones. More often than not, I’ll find a 2013 hiding.)
Now let’s get into the important stuff: taste and texture. This Burgundy wine is very true to traditional pinot form. It has a sweet smell that leans toward berry without an overwhelmingly fruity finish. It’s on the lighter side for a pinot, which I love, yet doesn’t feel watery on the palate. It’s smooth with a hint of acid going down, but the initial acidity doesn’t come back in the aftertaste. To balance the smooth fruitiness, heavy tannins keep the texture dry. Overall, it’s a balanced wine that’s easy to drink.
As for pairings, I love to enjoy this wine with grilled or roasted red meat. It’s also a perfect match for soft cheese like brie or camembert. However, I’m definitely not picky since this red is lighter than most — I would drink it with marinara pasta and still be happy.
I hope my fellow winos give this one a try if you haven’t already! I would love to hear what you think if you do. One of my favorite things about wine is how different everyone’s palate is. Everyone has their favorites and their not-so-favorites, so I’m always interested in hearing others’ opinions. Don’t hesitate to let me know what you think, or to send over your recommendations for the next Wine of the Month!