Name: Bouchard Bourgogne Rouge
Grape: Pinot Noir
Region: Burgundy, France
Price: $14.99 to $17.99
Red wine and summertime are not the best partners; however last week's temperature dip brought out a craving in me for something heavier and darker. Hot days intensify alcohol and spice in red wines, which is why chilled wines dominate on the summer days. To quench your red wine cravings during the summer months, look for lighter bodied reds with soft tannins and low alcohol.
Bourgogne Rouge perfectly fits this bill. Bourgogne Rouge is always Pinot Noir coming from the Burgundy region France. In fact, all Red Burgundy is Pinot Noir and all White Burgundy is Chardonnay. Burgundy is an intense and complicated subject, Gevrey-Chambertin, Volnay, Chambolle-Musigny, are all neighboring villages whose wines have subtle style differences, which are further enhanced by the grand cru and premier cru vineyards within each village. Phew, that's a-lot to try and learn!
Fortunately with Bourgogne Rouge, all you have to remember is Bourgogne Rouge. This simpler wine is the generic village wine from all of Burgundy and is a good, consistent wine. Bourgogne Rouge is brilliant ruby in color with bright black cherry fruit and light tannins. This is an excellent companion to cheese, especially goat cheese, but will also show well with fish and light meat.