Gentle pinot full of Burgundy character

WINE OF THE WEEK: 2009 Louis Jadot 'Couvent des Jacobins' Pinot Noir; from France's Burgundy region; costs about $17; serve with chicken potpie, turkey, sauteed mushrooms, cheese souffle.

A good, earthy Burgundy for less than $20? Believe it. And not some plonk from a shady negociant but a lovely expression of pinot noir from the respected house of Louis Jadot. Named for the 15th-century convent where Jadot used to make its wines until the 1970s, the grapes for this wine come from the villages of Givry in the Cote Chalonnaise and Cote de Beaune, plus a little from the Cotes de Nuits Villages AOC. Gentle, yet full of Burgundy character, this is the perfect, medium-weight wine for a buttery roast chicken, plate of sauteed chanterelles, cheese souffle or chicken potpie.

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