For those seeking Burgundian style wines, permanently high prices means that it makes sense to look beyond the best known appellations. Warmer recent vintages and general improvements make the more northerly Pfalz and Baden regions very able substitutes for Burgundian style pinot noir in my view, but there are few such wines in Australia. If you have suggestions, please let me know. This same dynamic also can favour the lesser regions within Burgundy, whose producers may benefit from a halo effect.
This wine is from Domaine Collotte, labelled as “Les Champstions” and is from Fixin and the 2016 vintage. What one might expect of a Fixin, the most northerly appellation in the Cote de Nuits, will defeat all but the most engaged wine consumers. In this case, it is an old school expression of red Burgundy, with aromas of minerally red fruits. These wines still exist. The palate is medium bodied, the tannins between soft and moderate, and it finishes on stones and minerals. Pleasant, current drinking. Rating: Good (★★★). Reviewed: May 2022.