Bouchard Pere et Fils, AOC Savigny-les-Beaune, Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France, 2005
Savigny-lès-Beaune is surrounded by Pernand-Vergellesses to the north, Beaune to the south, and Chorey-lès-Beaune and Aloxe-Corton to the east. The lès in the appellation name means by or near to, both reds and whites are produced. The vineyard orientation runs north-east through east to south facing, so there is a range of ripeness and weight. There are 22 premier crus, with about twice as much vineyard producing village wine . The general opinion, as far as reds go, seems to be of middling quality, and keeping [2, 3].
This wine: biodynamic, varietal pinot noir, coated natural cork closure, 13% abv, source unknown, ~£26 (??/??)
Consumer tasting note: faulty, fine on the nose, but a distinct note of shield bug taint dominates and ruins the mid-palate. Interesting to experience, but not to consume.
Of the 7 of us at the blind tasting, I detected shield bug taint on the palate right away, but nothing on the nose, another thought ladybird taint (I do not know if that is similar), the remainder did not find anything amiss.
I know of shield bug taint from raspberries on my allotment, where I use no organic deterrent sprays on soft fruit, there is simply just too large an area to cover. To cut a long story short, when the bugs are disturbed, they exude an unpleasant highly aromatic compound, which if on a berry, makes it taste awful, followed needless to say, by rapid spitting out. The flavour is particularly memorable for me, as one season I happened to put a raspberry, along with a hitchhiking bug in my mouth …. requiring a lot of spitting and flushing with water – it takes ages to get rid of the flavour, which is also bit hot/peppery on the tongue.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of red cherry and black berry, red currant, a touch earthy, bees-wax.
Palate: dry, faulty – shield bug taint.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: faulty.
- Coates, C. (2008). The Wines of Burgundy. University of California Press.
- Hanson, A. (2003). Burgundy. Mitchell Beazley.
- Lichine, A. (1979). Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France. Weidenfeld and Nicolson.