Bouchard Aine & Fils – 2006 Bourgogne Pinot Noir

There are no hard and fast rules about when to decant a wine, and my tasting experience this time taught me a valuable lesson about that.  I opened this Pinot Noir with expectations about that “typical” pinot noir experience.  The aromas of red fruits were everywhere – cherry and currants mostly, and yet there were noticeable bursts of herb and eucalyptus.  I swirled the jewel red wine a few times and took a sip, and found the wine to be spicy and even “hot”, despite modest alcohol.  I was a bit surprised by the flavors, and decided that perhaps decanting would help.  I was so glad I did.  After an hour of so, I tasted the wine again, and to my delight I discovered beautiful smoothness in the wine.  The spiciness toned down, and I was able to enjoy the fruits and fairly long finish.  No heat, no edge.  This wine paired very well with a juicy burger.

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