This week we had “Pinot Noir vin de France” 2014 from Bouchard Aine & Fils. (Burgundy)
It was bought from Sainsbury at £6.00 for a 75cl bottle (reduced from £7.50) and at this price, I think that it represented good value.
Alcohol %: 12.5%
Bouquet/smell: Black Cherry/ Black currants.
Palate/Taste: Ripe fruits/ Black Cherry/Black Currants.
Finish: short – light wine taste does not linger.
Remarks: This wine is very pleasant and easy to drink. We had it with Camembert and they went together well. The food suggestion from Sainsbury is poultry, red meat, game and mature cheese. There is no clear declaration as to which part of France it originates but a little internet digging revealed my strong suspicion that it was from Burgundy. Bouchard Aine & Fils are based in the Beune region of Burgundy.
Conclusion: If you are looking for a light wine that is pleasant and easy to drink either with food or without, you could do well to choose this wine, and at £6.00 it represents good value. This is not a bold or complex wine – it isn’t going to challenge you or make you take notice – a pleasant experience rather than an outstanding one, but sometimes that it what is required. At £7.50, I would pass it by; Sainsbury frequently have it at the £6.00 price mark though, so don’t worry.