That's it for the Chardonnay part of the tasting.
Now it's time to investigate some Pinot Noir...
There are still places available at €49/head for an evening of food and wine in the company of Edouard Leach from Maison Françoise Chauvenet. If you'd like to join us, ring the restaurant on 021 239 0540
The first of the evening's red wines is the Marguerite de Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013
, which blends fruit from both the Côte de Nuits, for structure, and the Côte de Beaune, for balancing delicacy and softness. Though this is a lighter-bodied wine, its redcurrant and cherry character lasts into a satisfying finish and hints at the power of its big brothers.
The blend of limestone, clay and marl soils around the village of Mercurey produces wines with a robust, slightly spicy style and juicy flavours of cherry liqueur and plum, which have soft tannins yet age well. This Mercurey 1er cru
, the next wine at our tasting, is an altogether more complex wine than the basic Bourgogne, and would match well with roast meat or poultry or a good cheeseboard.