Since I wasn't able to do my Cotes du Rhone battle royale, when recent guests gifted me with a Joseph Drouhin "LaForet" Bourgone Pinot Noir -- a widely-available, reasonably-priced red burgundy -- I decided to pick two more at around the same price and open all three entry-level French PNs all at once.
The result: CHEAP BURGUNDY DEATH MATCH. I picked up the equally-widely-available and reasonably priced Louis Jadot Bourgogne, and, to throw in a David with these commercial Goliaths, a Bourgogne Rouge from the relatively smaller producer, Bertrand Ambroise. Here are the results.
2nd Place: 2008 Joseph Drouhin "Laforet" Bourgone Pinot Noir -- This was more developed in the nose, and had nice, correct Pinot flavors, but was a little light. Medium-light ruby showing a little amber hue. Bright nose of pure, sappy, crisp cherries and a hint of stoniness. Bright cherry fruit at first impression in the mouth, followed by some light but kind of coarse tannin. Clean, but short and thin finish. This is a pleasant wine but needs drinking up over the next 6 months. B-. Imported by Dreyfus-Ashby, it sells for $16 and change at Spec's.
3rd Place: 2008 Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir -- This was light on the nose, light and somewhat lacking in life in the mouth, but had a clean finish. Bright, medium ruby. Relatively closed nose reluctantly gives up scents of tart cherry candy and chalk. Correct but somewhat flat cherry flavors, but diluted-tasting. Clean, medium length finish. Drink over the next 12-18 months. C+. Imported by Kobrand, it was $17 and change at Spec's.