2008 Chateau Phillippe-le-Hardi Pinot Noir
(Photos by author)
The D-2010 Scale
2008 Pinot Noir by Phillippe-le-Hardi (Burgundy, France)
Appearance (10 points possible): brick red, slightly brown edges - 8 points
Aroma/Bouquet (20 points possible): Loved this nose! It was so appealing - lots of ripe red cherries (as if you are picking them straight from the tree), spice, and ripe raspberries. So enticing... - 19 points
Taste (10 points possible): Acidic, but medium-bodied, slightly astringent, lacks flavor on palate and on the finish, finish is slightly bitter and tastes like saw dust. - 4 points
Balance (5 points possible): The acidity sticks out to me in this wine, and without any flavor, I find this to be very uninteresting. - 2 points
Finish (5 points possible): Saw dusty, flavorless, and slightly bitter. - 2 points
Packaging *Introduction to the D-2010 Scale*
Quality of Package (5 points possible): Typical Burgundian bottle, technical (1+1) cork, and traditional French labeling. - 5 points
Label Marketability (10 points possible): I actually like this label with a picture of the chateau on the front. It kind of makes you feel like you can see the whole winemaking process. Very traditional and classy. - 9 points
Other (5 points possible): Extra seals and golden capsule. I'll give this bottle an extra point for that! - 4 points
Total Points: 83 points
Overall Thought: I was really disappointed in this wine. I gave it an 83 so it was good enough to drink, but I won't be purchasing this again. (Here's a lovely example on how the first taste makes a lasting impression on consumers.) It was a recommended wine at Total Wine, marked as one of the employee's favorite wines. However, it can be improved. I recommend food. More specifically, I recommend something fatty like fried foods or cheese. Highly recommend your favorite cheese... why not?
Food Pairings: Oops! I already gave it away - cheese and fatty foods! Try something fried like fried chicken, country fried steak, fried shrimp, fried fish sandwich... yummm.
Splurge Factor (out of 4): 2 - within the budget, not the best buy (as I didn't find it that yummy), but worth a try to make up your own preferences
Where to buy: I actually purchased this at Total Wine, but as it's a bulk wine, I'm sure you could find this at many different wine stores.