What an honest and satisfying wine at a bargain basement price: Clos de la Belle Marguerite is outstanding everyday Burgundy. Think of her as “Grand Cru-Lite”. Indeed, I have had many Premier Crus that can’t hold a candle to this wine at thrice the price.
The wine opens, after much needed aeration, with wonderful soft aromas of red fruits. Bright strawberry, raspberry, tart cranberry and red cherry flavors are all fresh in perspective. From this backdrop emerge acacia, fennel, smoke and cedar, some forest floor and a hint of Brettanomyces. This wine offers wonderful, restrained aromatic complexity and with her absence of alcohol sting, the nose was invited to inhale deeply.
Marguerite’s palate is very light weight and lean in texture. Her generosity of aroma is only slighted by her reticence in mouthfeel: this wine is not silky in the mouth. Yet, this shortcoming should be excused when Marguerite’s cleansing acidity is considered. This wine is built on a solid structure and is food wine at its best. In fact, this wine comes alive with food, showcasing aromatic complexity and refreshing acidity throughout a meal.
This is traditional pinot noir and outstanding Burgundy for the money: beautifully simple. Highly recommended!