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Wine of the week: 2010 Jean-Marc Burgaud Regnie ‘Vallieres’

2010 Jean-Marc Burgaud Regnie “Vallieres” could be a contender for turkey day but would pair beautifully with any roast bird or pork roast. Bring it on for meatballs or for a light supper of soup and cheese. (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
2010 Jean-Marc Burgaud Regnie “Vallieres” could be a contender for turkey day but would pair beautifully with any roast bird or pork roast. Bring it on for meatballs or for a light supper of soup and cheese. (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Don’t recognize the Beaujolais cru called Regnie? That’s probably because it’s the youngest, established only in 1988, and not as well known as Morgon or Fleury.

Vines grown in sandy soil produce a wine that’s round and supple, with light, graceful tannins. Burgaud’s Vallieres comes from 50-year-old vines. The result is an elegant, refined Beaujolais that hints at Burgundy. Vivid and quick, it is Gamay at its best with tastes of cherries and sweet spices. And it’s a terrific value.

This could be a contender for turkey day but would pair beautifully with any roast bird or pork roast. Bring it on for meatballs or for a light supper of soup and cheese.

● Region: Beaujolais

● Price: about $17 to $19

● Style: refined and complex

● What it goes with: roast birds, pork roast, meatballs, soups

By S. Irene Virbila

(Los Angeles Times)

(MCT Information Services)
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