2011 1er Cru à Vigne Rouge Domaine François Lumpp
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It's very hard to believe these vines are just 15 years old. This has such impressive concentration and length. With seven years of bottle age, the 2011 has rounded out into an utterly delicious mélange of dark berry fruit, earth and spice. It's a very complete Pinot Noir in a rich, fruit forward style. Givry's finest and some of the best value in Burgundy. Drinking range: 2016 - 2025 Rating: 90-90 L&S (Aug 2018)
*Case price: Mix any 12 bottles of wine or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits or Fortified to get the 'case price' for each bottle.
The biggest of the 2011s, and it is impressvely broad. Very damson fruit when young, it is rounding to an impressive richness.L&S(Jan 2013)
Here too a kiss of wood frames the spicy and ripe aromas of dark berry fruit and earth aromas. There is outstanding richness to the relatively concentrated medium weight flavors that deliver fine depth on the impressively long finish. In much the same fashion as the 2012 version, this is unusually good for such young vines. 2017+ Rating: 90 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com(Oct 2013)
Domaine François Lumpp
François and Isabelle Lumpp own this impeccable 16 hectare estate in Givry, a region which is so often over looked by Burgundy lovers and yet which is capable of producing wines of exceptional quality as well as value. François is a passionate viticulturalist and places great emphasis on making the wine in the vineyard.
He aims to pick at 'just ripe' rather than into overripe, and wants to make bright wines which are developed rather than masked by their time in barrel. Making the best wines in Givry, by some stretch, if he were in any other part of Burgundy he would be heralded as a super-star.
It's going to feel distinctly chilly this weekend so, whether you're donning tweed to take potshots at partridge or simply slumbering on the sofa, this is the ideal moment to indulge in a bottle of good red Burgundy. We are particularly enjoying the 2011 vintage at the moment. There is something about Burgundy at this stage of development, when it's lingering between the fruit and the forest, that makes it particularly captivating. The obvious thing to do is pair it with juicy game but the wines in this selection have the body and tannin to cope with any Sunday lunch. Alternatively, just open a bottle, pour yourself a proper glass, and savour unadulterated. There few more delicious journeys than a bottle of good red Burgundy in its prime.
Here's a handy 'good with grouse' dinner party mixed six. It's chock full of juicy, aromatic Pinot that's guaranteed to impress your guests, even if the bird emerges from the oven a little dark and crispy! We've even plucked £20 off the price and it's free delivery so there's never been a better opportunity to host an autumnal gathering.
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