La Marche – Pinot Noir Reserve

I had the pleasure of enjoying a French Pinot Noir Reserve wine from the winery of Bouchard Aine & Fils located in the famous province of Burgundy in a region known as Cote d’Or, it is in the town of Beaune.

Bouchard Aine & Fils has been in business since 1750 !

Pinot Noir grapes are difficult to grow and are known to be unstable. However, one gets some outstanding red wines from Pinot Noir grapes, which are not widely appreciated. It is the same grape variety that is used in producing champagne, if that would put things in perspective !

La Marche Pinot Noir Reserve wine has a complex fruitiness with a silky smooth texture, which a wine connoisseur is likely to detect quickly and appreciate. I did not attempt to pair this wine with any food – I would recommend enjoying it on its own. That way I was able to clearly sense its complexity – let the wine breathe for some 20 minutes before you drink it.

French wines are expensive in India and usually these are avoided in preference to Australian, South African and Chilean wines. That’s a pity, since France continues to produce some of the best wines in the world. French wines take time getting used to and might be relegated in favour of full-bodied wines from Australia / New Zealand. However, I believe that French wines should not be ignored, and should be tried at available opportunities to get an idea of their heritage, complexity, smoothness and wine-making skills.

In all the wine shops that I have seen around, French wines are few and far between – hardly a presence. Of course, I am referring to India. If you consider Singapore or Hong Kong, French wines are present a plenty on wine shop shelves and even in big super markets. Prices are higher than one can get in Europe, but far cheaper than in India.

I would not mind trying this same wine again, and that speaks for the quality of this winery and the sophistication of the Pinot Noir wines that they make. The Reserve wines are usually the better ones, so this was a good choice !


Vijay Srinivasan

13th May 2012




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