Blason de Bourgogne (France) Pinot Noir 2005
Blason de Bourgogne is a label of the Co-op at Buxy, and this Pinot Noir comes from the very good quality 2005 vintage. The colour is a bright, vivid crimson, and the nose offers a charming, nicely expressive Pinot profile of cranberry and redcurrant, a touch of minerality, and a suggestion of gentle earthiness. On the palate this is dry and savoury, with those flavours of small, red berry fruits persisting and a slightly plummier depth on the mid-palate. Spice and a little tobacco note kicks in, and the tight, quite elegant tannins and very fresh acidity cleanse the palate and leave this quite crisp and moreish. A small Burgundy, but a very intelligently made and pure example of Pinot from this region. At £6.99 in Somerfield this would still be on my recommended list, but the good news is there is £1.50 off until June 5th, making it a bargain £5.49.