Nathalie Tollot mixed the two blends that comprise her 2020 Chorey-lès-Beaune Village. Racked at the beginning of August and comprising 25% new oak, this has a vivid bouquet with small red cherries and blueberry fruit. There is fine delineation here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins. Quite lithe, pretty, there are veins of dessicated orange peel and tangerine towards the gentle finish. Delicious. (89-90)
A slightly fresher blend of red and black cherry liqueur, spice and warm earth introduce rich and relatively full-bodied flavors possess a caressing yet dense texture that is at once seductive but serious on the surprisingly powerful and lengthy finish. This is also somewhat atypical but less so and overall, this too is quite impressive.
A good Chorey-lès-Beaune should display aromas and flavors typical of red wines from Beaune with red fruits and flowers coupled with freshness and minerals. Tollot-Beaut is bright and perfumed with red cherries and slightly coarse tannins. This is a classic rustic red wine.
Red Burgundy might be the world’s most flexible food wine. The wine’s high acidity, medium body, medium alcohol, and low tannins make it very food-friendly. Red Burgundy, with its earthy and sometimes gamey character, is a classic partner to roasted game birds, grilled duck breast, and dishes that feature mushrooms, black truffles, or are rich in umami.