2013 Joseph Drouhin Côte de Nuits-Villages, $28.00

Truth be told, I should be able to write this review blindfolded, since I’ve been buying this wine and drinking it every year, year after year, for at least a decade. I decided to actually do a little research in preparation. First, I was anxious to taste it when it arrived . . . . I was so impressed that I bought a case for myself. That in itself was not unusual, but the fact that it was a little more expensive than previous vintages made it a bit more difficult. (A substantial reduction in the amount of this wine produced in 2013 drove up the price.) Then, further research was required. I decided to taste the new arrival alongside one of my remaining bottles of the 2012. An informative decision. The 2012 came across as slightly denser, more dark fruited, perhaps a bit chunky in style—a really solid effort that will give pleasure over several years. (We still have some available in the store at $26.00.) On the other hand, the 2013 was more transparent, more red fruited, perhaps more elegant and expressive at the moment—a really pretty Pinot Noir from the greatest Pinot Noir growing region on the planet, the Côte d’Or of Burgundy. Keep in mind that this is a distinct step up from most entry level Bourgogne rouge (which still can be very good!). It’s a blend of grapes sourced solely from some of the most famous villages along the slopes of the Côte de Nuits, not from the outlying, lesser vineyards that can still be called Bourgogne. Needless to say I am happy with my purchase and will gladly continue to compare the nuances of the two vintages in the coming months.