When all was said and done it turned out to be about elegance. The wine was an Albert Bichot Beaune from the 2010 vintage. The first sniff was earthy and nondescript, but the second was about fruit and earth and class. The first sip was earthiness with fruit but the final sip was perfectly ripe fruit supported by that sense of earthiness. Good acid and good tannin and good price for a Burgundy.
It was opened to accompany a duck breast with a thyme, orange zest and maple syrup glaze. The duck was young and wonderful and the balance between the sweetness of the syrup and the tartness of the orange zest was perfect. The side dish was faro with yellow carrots, celery and red onion. A pairing I could repeat frequently.