A few Burgundy new releases from Domaine Lupé-Cholet

Here are three good pinot noirs from Domaine Lupé-Cholet.  The wines are from the appellations of Mercurey, Bourgogne and Aloxe-Corton Premier Cru Les Fournières respectively, and all are from the 2014 vintage.

Domaine Lupé-Cholet Mercurey 2014
Mercurey is one of the best known villages in the Côtes Chalonnaise and is 100% pinot noir, unlike further south in Mâcon.  The grapes are mostly destemmed and see 20-40% new oak, no fining and a light filter.  In the glass, this is a pretty wine.  Typical raspberry and strawberry aromatics give way to an elegant palate with fresh acidity.  (Region: Mercurey, Côtes Chalonnaise, Burgundy, Rating: Good, Drink: now to 2022, Tasted: May, 2017, Source: Sample)

Domaine Lupé-Cholet Bourgogne 2014
The vineyards for Lupé-Cholet’s Bourgogne are mostly also from the Côtes Chalonnaise and there is a resemblance between the wines.  100% pinot noir, the 2014 has aromatics of rhubarb, spice and pepper.  The palate is classic AOP Bourgogne, with notes of stones, old cedar and raspberry.   (Region: Bourgogne, Rating: Good, Drink: now, Tasted: May, 2017, Source: Sample)

Domaine Lupé-Cholet Aloxe-Corton Premier Cru Les Fournières 2014
Despite being the most expensive wine of this set ($109), I think it represents terrific value.  This is an excellent Les Fournières from a 0.3785 hectare parcel, and has aromas of cherry, stone and raspberry.  The palate has towards long length, good texture, lovely fresh acidity and a plump and savoury middle palate that can only be Burgundy.  (Region: Aloxe-Corton, Côte de Beaune, Rating: Very Good, Drink: now to 2028, Tasted: May, 2017, Source: Sample)

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