CAVE DES HAUTES CÔTES | Bourgogne | Pinot Noir | 2010
pinot noir


WineStatistics will be evaluating wines in no particular order on no particular schedule. Just stay tuned and you will never miss one. If the wine is tasted more than once, the rating table will be updated so as to reflect all the new impressions and observations. The logic is simple – the more we taste, the more we learn.

The day has come for us to review a wine that originates from the most influential region the world of wine has ever known – France, and since we’ve decided to aim so high, why not raise the bar even higher, so we’ve decided that we could dare to review a wine from the crème de la crème region within France – Bourgogne, and the wine we’ve selected is not a regular one either – Pinot Noir 2010 from Cave des Hautes Côtes.

Let’s take a deeper look at the tasting notes and the wine’s review statistics:


The wine has a pure ruby color, very light and transparent, which tends to turn copper when played under direct light, with the rim-color of a very clear copper shade.


The nose is strong – pure and clean – with no signs of wine faults. The first nose brings an avalanche of red fruits – red cherry, cranberry, pomegranate, red apple, sour cherry and even raspberry, then come the secondary, even more fruit driven flavors of dried red cherry and red cherry jam.


The wine presents itself as being light and elegant – it is definitely dry, with no signs of residual sugar, with moderate alcohol content and high acidity. It has quite dry tannin, and here is where the magic comes out – it makes the wine taste a little bitter, a little seedy and a little savory. The overall balance is very good with a zesty and quite refreshing body.


The wine has a long finish, a little less than expected, with a very smooth, velvety aftertaste – it tastes of french oak and wormwood – well, that’s exactly what the term ‘terroir’ is meant for.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of France and the overall rating says the same, with 89.7 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.

Last but not least, we do want to mention that this is a French pinot noir wine, grown in it’s native Bourgogne region, a region that dictates the trend for all the pinot noir wines of the world. Pinot noir grape itself is very difficult to grow, maintain and preserve, it is susceptible to weather and diseases, but when managed properly, its wines are an expression of terroir, and the wine we’ve reviewed today is a fine example of a classic, old world style pinot noir – fruit-forward nose and savory, seedy but refreshing palate. Yummy.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Bourgogne | Pinot Noir | 2010

grape: | pinot noir |

region: France | Bourgogne

overall rating: | 89.7 |

conclusion: fine | highly recommended



(c) The WineStatistics ratings are based solely on our own knowledge of the world of wine and on our personal wine tastes, which may, or may not, differ from yours – the reader. There are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.

2 thoughts on “Bourgogne | Pinot Noir 2010

  1. This is a very basic Bourgogne red, definitely under $15. It doesn’t have a proper appelation. It’s a generic Bourgogne, the absolute lowest AOC in the region (followed by more specific regional, village, 1er cru, grand cru). The name is completely misleading — “CAVE DES HAUTES CÔTES”. High ridges of escrapment in which village/part of Cote d’Or? There are in fact only two similar AOCs: Hautes Cotes de Baune and Hautes Cotes de Nuits (which are the lowest AOCs in the respective parts of the Cote d’Or). Most likely, this wine probably mixes grapes from both of these, which is quite weird, as Baune and Nuits are very distinct.

    Please try a proper Bourgogne red — a 1st cru or even a “regular” wine from a well-regarded village. 2010 is a good year (esp. in Cotes de Nuts). That might temper down your ravings about Moldovan wines, btw…


    • Alex thanks for the feedback.

      We would definitely get some proper Bourgogne wine, and then some Bordeaux, but we do not intend to dig too deep into the French wines, as there is definitely no lack of reviews for those.

      What we are trying to achieve here at WineStatistics is to promote the Wine of Moldova in the hearts and minds of the wine lovers from around the world, and try to prove that Wine of Moldova is not too far behind its international siblings.

      Thanks again for the detailed feedback, we do appreciate it. 😉


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