Ropiteau Pinot Noir 2009 – Southern France

Ropiteau Pinot Noir 2009 – Southern France/Burgundy


Description from Total Wine & More

“This super value is proof positive. Bright cherry and berry fruit is complemented by earth tones and a smooth soft finish. Enjoy with salmon, chicken, or pork.”

Okay, it’s time for another confession from me….I am a known Merlot addict! You see I tend to love red wines and in particular Merlot but this addiction stems more from inexperience rather than some finely tuned ‘knowledge’. Some time ago I stumbled upon a bottle of Merlot that was nice and ever since then I’ve identified myself as a ‘Merlot person’.

So in an attempt to ‘break out’ of my Merlot addiction I’ve been blindly trying different red wines. This week’s pick was a French wine from the Burgundy region. Why did I pick it? Because it was inexpensive ($8.99) and in the Total Wine & More ‘best sellers’ section.

So now without further ado I will attempt to give you my review of this wine. When I first opened and poured a glass of this Pinot Noir and took a sip I almost poured it down the drain. Why? Because at first taste it was, for lack of a better words, ROUGH and HARSH.

However after letting the wine breathe for a few minutes the character totally changed. It became a quite drinkable wine. It’s a very earthy wine with oaky overtones.

So here’s my overall rating of this wine:

Buzz factor: 9, after two glasses you’ll have a buzz on.

Overall likability: 6, after it was left to breathe a bit it was enjoyable but a little too rough for me. I prefer my wine a little smoother than this.

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Posted on December 12, 2010, in Burgundy, France, Pinot Noir, Red Grape Varieties, Southern France and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. My most recent red wine opening was a 2008 Argentinian Malbec. Cheap and winey = good. (See: http://www.wine.com/V6/Trumpeter-Malbec-2008/wine/101121/detail.aspx?s=GoogleBase&cid=GoogleBase_origin={adtype}). I poured it into the “Quick-Time Sausage Cassoulet,” from jamieoliver.com. (See: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pork-recipes/quick-time-sausage-cassoulet). Try a Malbec and tell us what you think.

  2. Thanks Camille, I will definitely give it a try. I’ve not ventured into Argentinian wines at all and Malbecs are also a mystery. I just read an article about Argentinian wines and how they are really coming up in the wine world. This would be a great one to start my journey with. -Veronica 🙂

  3. It’s actually a VDP from Languedoc, not Burgundy.

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