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Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 2.27.20 PMIf you haven’t watched the documentary A Year in Burgundy, you must stop (after reading this) and go watch it. Right now it is currently streaming on Netflix and you can get in on Amazon & iTunes. A Year in Burgundy is a wine documentary on the winemakers in that region and what they go through to produce their wines. It is not completely in French and there are subtitles but it is worth watching. Rating: A+

I enjoyed it so much I stopped what I was doing after watching it and drove into Wegman’s Grocery store and bought 3 bottles of Burgundy wine. I had tried a few of the very cheap ones before but I wanted to step up to the next level. If you are familiar with purchasing this French wine you know for the most part it goes from $9.99 and then jumps up to $20.99 and more.

The two bottles I have recently tried back to back are the 2011 Henri De Villamont Bourgogne Pinot Noir and the 2011 Henri De Villamont Savigny-Les-Beaune. The first one was the cheaper of the two and I wanted to see if there is a huge difference between the two.

Now, I could not find any tasting notes or even sites selling these wines online and I honestly cannot remember the price differences but I think the first one was around $20 and the second around $40. The winery’s website is in French and does not offer us anything more so here are my two reviews.

2011 Henri De Villamont Bourgogne Pinot Noir

Color – Transparent ruby red.

Nose – Cherries, earth, and black pepper.

Taste – Cherries again, baking spices, and a nice earthiness to it.

Finish – Light with medium to high acid and sharp bold tannins.

Overall, this is a pretty light wine but with lots of flavor. This one is a very earthy wine and I can tell a big difference between these and California Pinot Noir. Sometimes with the California ones they are a light but so is the flavor. Not this one. Very good.

Rating: A

2011 Henri De Villamont Savigney-Les-Beaune

Color – Transparent ruby red.

Nose – Raspberries, cherries, toast, and vanilla.

Taste – Cherries, baking spices, cinnamon, and a hint of earth.

Finish – Medium with medium to high acid and smooth rounded tannins.

Overall, this has a good body to it and has some definite oak influences. This one has a lot of fruit and very smooth tannins. I like this a lot and would go great with lamb or even some steaks. It has a lot of good flavors even though it too comes off as light.

Rating: A

Comparison: Both wines are very different even though, I know, it doesn’t look like that in my tasting notes. The first one was very earthy while the second one was more fruit forward. This is interesting when you realize that the first one has almost no nuances of oak and the second one has lots of oak notes. Is the second one worth twice as much as the first? Only if you are more of a fruit forward wine drinker who wants a little more body.

Winner: Tossup.

~Justin