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champyTHE ORIGINAL PINOT NOIR

It’s always good to have a reference point with wines, and in the case of Pinot Noir it must be Burgundy – its home. Unfortunately the Burgundians charge high prices so most people never experience the original, or they have a so-so experience with a budget edition. The good news is LCBO Vintages is currently offering a really good Burgundy experience at a reasonable price.

Champy’s wine has the earthy, ‘farmyard’ quality, along with a light-but-not-light feeling, and appetizing tang –   that makes Pinot so different from other reds. It’s drier than Pinots from warm climates. Lightly chill and enjoy with light meats or fowl. It’s also a wonderful aperitif to sip as you prepare dinner.

CHAMPY 10 Bourgogne, France 1149 Vintages $23.95

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