Just had a quick slurp of this delicious Bourgogne Rouge from Michel Martin and…wow! One of my bête noirs about red Burgundy (and I’m what could be called a “critical friend” in this respect) is the headlong race towards overt ‘succulence’ at the expense of structure and balance. Good Pinot Noir should be more than juicy enough if the vines are well looked after, yields kept low and the grapes handled with care during picking/pressing – the rest, provided the vigneron isn’t a complete idiot, should take care of itself. This is a ‘proper’, traditional Pinot Noir: highly aromatic with pure, finessed fruit flavours (spicy raspberry, a touch of wild strawberry and a delicate ‘envelope’ of creamy vanilla) on the palate, just enough acidity to keep it honest and a delightful finish. It’s poised and elegant but, and this is the kicker, it also gives your tastebuds a serious work-out. This wine is drinking so well now that you could indeed keep it but …why? The fact that this wine is only £14.36 is extraordinary value. Highly recommended and would definitely qualify as my “wine of the month”.