2005 Thibault Liger-Belair, Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, Le Clos de Prieuré

I picked this wine up a while back and recently cracked it open. Did I like it? Yep… a lot. This wine is a gorgeous Pinot Noir from the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits in Burgundy.

The nose shows ripe berry and cherry fruit as well as 5-spice and cranberry tartness. A juicy sip gives up a bunch of ripe berry fruit, gorgeous layers of vanilla, cherry, licorice spice, minerality and a finish that lasts into the minutes. Wow. I loved this wine.

As an aside, it made a heck of a food-wine match with grilled salmon. Red wine and fish do work… especially if the fish is a fattier type (like salmon). Yum.

If you feel like a really tasty bottle of PInot and have an Old World bent, try it. Heck, even if you’re a New World fan, this wine tosses enough fruit against the tongue to keep you happy as well. It’s bloody good.

~$60 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

4 1/2 stars

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