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DOMAINE FRÉDÉRIC ESMONIN

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This is an under the radar Red Burgundy producer that is making consistently lovely wines at reasonable prices. I started writing about them with the 2009 vintage. I had already been tasting, buying, cellaring, and drinking Frédérick Esmonin wines for many years. Consistent with my advice to continue to buy the wines you like each year, I continue to do so today continuing through the current 2013 vintage (to read an article on Domaine Frédéric Esmonin click here [2]).

If you are looking Red Burgundies at affordable prices they can be found in Bourgogne (wine made from the area of Burgundy), village wines (made from a specific village), and wines made from vineyards that are not rated Premier Cru or Grand Cru. The trick is to find a good producer who makes wines from these places. At the top of that list is Frédérick Esmonin. Here are notes on 3 terrific value priced 2013 Domaine Frédérick Esmonin Red Burgundies:

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2013 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits
This has a lot of early appeal. With a very nice color the wine has a lovely faintly floral perfume with hints of green olive and a touch of spice. Crisp and bright with lovely cherry tinged fruit, this has Burgundian character and a lot of charm at a very attractive price – Highly Recommended.     $25

2013 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Côte de Nuits-Villages La Belle Vue
This is a lovely Burgundy. It has a deep color and a lovely berry perfume with hints of cherry. The fruit is very pure and the wine is bright and crisp with very nice balance and a refined elegance – Highly Recommended Plus.     $35

2013 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin Les Jouises Vielles Vignes
Wow! This is the real deal – a gorgeous Burgundy to drink now or keep for many years at a really affordable price. With a deep color the wine has a gorgeous perfume showing plum and berry fruit and just a whiff of smokiness. Showing great style and elegance it is balanced with very pure fruit and has a bright underlying crispness. Drink now or over the next few years and expect it to age effortlessly for many years – Outstanding.    $44

So there you have it – terrific Burgundies at affordable prices. What are you waiting for?

The wines of Domaine Frédéric Esmonin are imported by Atherton Wine Imports Atherton, CA.