Must-Try Wine of the Week: Domaine Prieur-Brunet 2009 Santenay-Maladiere 1er Cru, Burgundy, France

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Often regarded as a bargain-hunter’s Burgundy, Santenay is the most southerly wine-producing commune in the Côte de Beaune of Burgundy. La Maladiere is a Premier Cru vineyard in the Santenay appellation, and is located just north of the village of Santenay. The wines are usually lighter in color, deceiving one to think that it will also be lighter in flavor. Thankfully, this is not the case.

It’s a light ruby in color, with wonderful raspberry and savory scents in the nose. There are plenty of acids on the palate, and lots of savory-sweet fruit. While not overly complex, the wine is quite enjoyable, though it will improve dramatically with more time in the bottle. So, if you want a few Burgundies to open over the next several years, this might just be your ticket. Match this wine with sauced fish dishes, pasta, duck, and most beef dishes. Available locally at Wine Exchange and Best Wines Online for $35.

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