Régis Bouvier is something of a genie, turning out lovely Burgundies at affordable prices. The 2009 Marsannay from the lieu fit (named vineyard) Clos du Roy hit my buttons with its lush Pinot Noir perfume and taste of fresh cherries and earth. This is Burgundy, sweet and gentle. Bouvier's Marsannay vineyard isn't premier cru but may as well be for the quality of the juice it produces. A fine value from a fine winemaker and grower.
Open a bottle for a braised chicken dish, maybe one with bacon, mushrooms and pearl onions. I'd drink it with braised lamb shanks or a few perfect chops too.
— S. Irene Virbila
Price: About $32
What it goes with: Braised chicken or lamb, grilled lamb chops
Where to find it: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, http://www.missionwines.com; Vendome Liquors in Toluca Lake, (818) 766-9593, http://www.vendometolucalake.com; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com.