Burgundy can seem intimidating to the uninitiated, so Decanter contributing editor Stephen Brook has compiled a foolproof guide to understanding the region, including recommendations that will help you build the perfect cellar – whatever your budget.

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A Burgundy cellar for every budget: top recommendations

£600

White

Javillier, Forgets, Bourgogne 2011 (£179–£191.40 Goedhuis, James Nicholson, Private Cellar, Woodwinters)
Olivier Leflaive (right), Les Setilles, Bourgogne 2011 (£171 Corney & Barrow) Sauzet, La Tufera, Bourgogne 2011 (£230–£244 Domaine Direct, From Vineyards Direct, Jeroboams, Justerini & Brooks)
Olivier Leflaive, Santenay 2012 (£188 Haynes Hanson & Clark)

Red

Pataille, Bourgogne 2009 (£173 OW Loeb)
Bruno Clair (left), Longeroies, Marsannay 2010 (£256.80 Justerini & Brooks)
Sylvain Loichet, En Chantemerle, Côtes de NuitsVillages 2010 (£179.40 Berry Bros & Rudd, Woodwinters)
Arnoux Lachaux (right),Bourgogne 2011 (£226.80–£273 Armit, Jeroboams, Private Cellar)
Champy, Clos de Bully, PernandVergelesses 2011 (£231.20 Haynes Hanson & Clark)
F & L Pillot, Bourgogne 2011 (£155.40 Lea & Sandeman)
Georges Noëllat, Bourgogne 2011 (£239.40 Flint)
HudelotNoëllat, Bourgogne 2011 (£173 Goedhuis)

£1,000

White

JeanClaude Bachelet, La Chatenière 1er Cru, StAubin 2009 (£345.60 Berry Bros & Rudd)
Franck Grux, Meix Chavaux, Meursault 2010 (£358.30 Haynes Hanson & Clark)
Lamy, Frionnes 1er Cru, StAubin 2010 (£333–£360 Bancroft, Domaine Direct, Lea & Sandeman)
Fontaine Gagnard, Vergers 1er, ChassagneMontrachet 2011 (£383–£480 Armit, Jeroboams)Olivier Leflaive, Clos du Cromin, Meursault 2011 (£347.40 Corney & Barrow)
Michel Bouzereau, Grands Charrons, Meursault 2011 (£340.80–£447 Jeroboams, Montrachet, Woodwinters)

Red

Thibault Liger-Belair, Les Charmottes, Nuits St Georges 2008 (£358 OW Loeb, Lea & Sandeman)
Chevillon, Vieilles Vignes, Nuits St that Georges 2009 (£383.80 Justerini & Brooks)
Comte Armand (right), Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru 2009 (£330 Lea & Sandeman, Woodwinters)
Géantet-Pansiot, Marsannay 2009 (£317–£432 Domaine Direct, Howard Ripley)
Bize, Grands Liards, Savigny-lès-Beaune 2010 (£310.80–£322.80 Armit, Goedhuis)
Champy, Aux Cras 1er Cru, Beaune 2010 (£356.35/six magnums Haynes Hanson & Clark)
Chandon de Briailles, Ile des Vergelesses 1er Cru, Pernand-Vergelesses 2010 (£324 Bancroft, Goedhuis, Lea & Sandeman)
Drouhin-Laroze (left), Gevrey-Chambertin 2010 (£352.80–£370.80 Haynes Hanson & Clark, Justerini & Brooks, Woodwinters) Fournier, Clos du Roy, Marsannay 2010 (£269 Berry Bros & Rudd)
F Esmonin, Les Jouises, Gevrey-Chambertin 2011 (£140.40/6 Howard Ripley)
Nicolas Rossignol, Fourneaux 1er, Savignylès-Beaune 2011 (£347.40 Lea & Sandeman)
Rossignol-Trapet (right), Teurons, Beaune 2011 (£346–£383.40 Corney & Barrow, Montrachet, Private Cellar)

£3,000

White

Bonneau de Martray (below left), Corton-Charlemagne 2011 (£1079.40 Corney & Barrow)
Colin-Déléger, Demoiselles 1er Cru, Puligny-Montrachet 2011 (£489/6 Goedhuis)
Follin Arbelet, Corton-Chartlemagne 2011 (£868.80 Justerini & Brooks)
Olivier Leflaive, Pucelles 1er Cru, Puligny-Montrachet 2011 (£824 Haynes Hanson & Clark)
Paul Pillot, Romanée 1er Cru, Chassagne-Montrachet 2011 (£780 Flint)
Roche de Bellene, Corton-Charlemagne 2011 (£446.40–£520/6 Armit, Jeroboams)

Red

Denis Mortet, Lavaux-St-Jacques 1er Cru, Gevrey-Chambertin 2008 (£1048.80–£1,080 Domaine Direct, Justerini & Brooks)
Faiveley, Rugiens 1er Cru, Pommard 2009 (£1,156.70/6 magnums Haynes Hanson & Clark)
Roche de Bellene, Clos de la Roche 2009 (£476–£482.40/6 Armit, Berry Bros & Rudd)
Arlot (right), Suchots 1er Cru, Vosne-Romanée 2010 (£424.80/6 Howard Ripley)
Arnoux-Lachaux, Corvées Pagets, Nuits-St-Georges 2010 (£404.40–£445/6 Armit, Jeroboams)
Confuron-Cotetidot, Suchots 1er Cru, Volnay 2010 (£759–£900, Flint, Lea & Sandeman)
Henri Boillot, Caillerets 1er Cru, Volnay 2010 (£759 Lea & Sandeman)
Arlaud, Charmes-Chambertin 2011 (£860 OW Loeb)
Domaine de Montille (left), Rugiens 1er Cru, Pommard 2011 (£923 Armit, Justerini & Brooks)
Domaine des Lambrays, Clos des Lambrays 2011 (£1,216.80–£1,379.40 Goedhuis, Haynes Hanson & Clark, Lea & Sandeman, OW Loeb)
Drouhin-Laroze, Clos de Vougeot 2011 (£458.40–£502.50/6 Goedhuis, Jeroboams, Justerini & Brooks, Woodwinters) Hudelot-Noëllat, Clos de Vougeot 2011 (£519/6 Goedhuis)
Lamarche, Clos de Vougeot 2011 (£512.40– £621/6 Jeroboams, Justerini & Brooks)

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Insider tips to create the perfect Burgundy cellar
  3. 3. Creating a Burgundy cellar: know your vintages
  4. 4. A Burgundy cellar for every budget: top recommendations
  5. 5. Creating a Burgundy cellar: further reading
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