Bruce’s Pick: 2014 Gavignet Bourgogne (Rouge), $24.00

While the 2015 vintage for red Burgundy is being hyped as the current darling of the press, 2014 is shaping up, somewhat under the radar, to be a truly excellent vintage, particularly in the Côte de Nuits. Insiders are now recognizing 2014 for its purity, balance and the transparency of its terroir. Philippe Gavignet is the fourth generation to oversee this small estate in Nuits Saint Georges, which turns out to be one of this vintage’s sweet spots in the Côte de Nuits. In fact, his Bourgogne Rouge is not the more common blend so typical of generic Burgundy, but actually comes from two old vine plots in the family’s Nuits Saint Georges holdings. The wine is dark fruited with plenty of depth, but exhibits none of the rusticity that is sometimes associated with this village. The mineral-rich soil contributes spice and refined tannins, but the floral notes and smooth, silky texture is reminiscent of its more famous neighbors in adjacent Vosne Romanee. This is definitely one of the more refined, character-rich Bourgogne Rouges out there.