Pinot, off the beaten path...
Oregon has become well known for its ubiquitous Pinot Noir over the years. They most often get compared to Burgundy. But, there are little unknown corners of Burgundy that aren't on wine lover's radar and should be. This month, we take a look.
First, we're back in Charité-sur-Loire slurping the utterly delicious Pinot from Emmanuel Roquette. At under $20, there is just nothing better. Then, across the Loire to the lesser known appellation of Menetou-Salon where the Belgian cow-farming Van Remoortere family crafts miniscule quantities of Pinot from just a few hectares. Sure, it's a Loire wine, but it all used to be part of the Duchy of Burgundy.
We complete our trip on the edge of the Parc de Morvan, in the lovely hilltop village of Vezelay where Mathieu and Sophie Wolliez make a stunning Pinot Noir from grapes grown near Chablis--the appellations only red wine.
For your white mood, you'll happily enjoy a bottle of Pinot Blanc from the talented Matthieu Boesch in Alsace. This one is one of the prime examples in the region. Don't let that tall bottle fool you--this is dry, energetic wine through and through...