I know I just featured one of Benjamin's wines in an email but had I tasted this wine beforehand this would have gone out with the Bourgogne Blanc. Another great one from Benjamin and certainly a reference point for AC Bourgogne 2017.
The 2017 vintage in the Côte d'Or was essentially trouble free and, for the first time since 2010, quantities were back to normal. All that and the wines are great with reds ranging from merely really good to fantastic. Benajmin's Bourgogne rouge has been a benchmark wine at this level ever since the first vintage years ago. This isn't merely an assemblage of whatever fruit happened to be leftover, this is real Burgundy. Though there is generic Bourgogne rouge in the blend, most of this fruit is at least villages level from the Dames Huguettes in the Hautes Côtes and Monthelie and about 20% declassified premier cru fruit.
Pretty notes of violet, fresh mint, red fruit and mineral on the nose and ripe red and black fruit on the palate with a crystalline texture and excellent detail. Just a fantastic red Burgundy at this price and as usual, not much available.