You can get quality Burgundy from recent vintages at good prices, if you know where to look, says Andy Howard MW. Follow his tips for finding the best value in a notoriously expensive wine region...
Affordable Burgundy doesn’t have to be an oxymoron, even if it may sometimes seem to be the case with serious price rises for the top estates and hail-hit harvests in some areas in recent years.
But, there’s quality to be had at lower prices from the last few vintages and not every vineyard costs four million euros per hectare.
See Andy Howard MW’s top tips below. There’s also five wines under £25 to seek out for Christmas.
How to find the best value Burgundy
- Don’t write off the less-fashionable appellations within the Côte d’Or. North to south: Marsannay, Fixin, Monthélie and Maranges. In the Burgundy 2014 vintage they provide much of the quality of more famous names at very reasonable prices, while benefiting from some great individual climats.
- Buy Bourgogne blanc and rouge from top domaines with confidence.
- If you have favourite producers, buy across their quality range – you’ll get a great understanding of the importance of terroir.
- Wines at the village level are worthy alternatives to premier cru in 2013 and 2014, and are highly representative of their specific appellations, while offering good value.
- Don’t overlook the Mâconnais and Côte Chalonnaise – there is real diversity and balance in the 2014s from Pouilly-Fuissé, Viré-Clessé, Rully and Montagny.
- 2014 whites are strong across all quality levels – a great vintage and beautifully balanced wines that will keep and develop.
- Don’t overlook older, less-fashionable vintages such as 2012 or 2008.
This article first appeared in Decanter magazine – subscribe to Decanter here.
Edited for Decanter.com by Ellie Douglas.
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