Domaine Lignier-Michelot, Bourgogne Rouge (France) 2012

($27, Frederick Wildman & Sons): The 2012 vintage in Burgundy is good news/bad news.  The good news is that, in general, the reds were excellent.  The bad news is that the crop was decreased markedly by bad weather, which means much higher prices.  The Bourgogne rouge, a regional appellation lacking prestige, in 2012 is a good place for Burgundy fans to start because the short crop gave these wines an extra dollop of concentration.  And with rare exception, this lowly appellation can never command high prices, so wines from top-notch producers, such as Lignier-Michelot, are a great value.  This one is beautifully structured with the right balance of fruit and savory components all supported by fine tannins.  This is my roast chicken kind of red Burgundy.
90 Michael Apstein Mar 25, 2014