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Snooth User: wineluv

(good) Red Burgundy for under $20???

Posted by wineluv, Mar 14, 2009.

I really don't know how to pick a burgundy,,, such a shame :(
I always want to try a good - decent burgundy, but I just don't know how to pick one.
Any suggestions on which one to try? Anything under $20-30?? I really appreciate your advise!!


Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 16, 2009.

It can get pretty thin under $20. You even need to be careful to ensure that you are buying Pinot Noir because Bourgogne Rouge can be Gamay.

I've always been a huge fan of Domaine Parent Bourgogne Pinot Noir. Both the 2005 and 2006 vintages are delicious.

Reply by Pymonte, Mar 16, 2009.

A question, though. Wouldn't the Gamay be labeled as Beaujolais?

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 16, 2009.

Only if it comes from the Beaujolais region in the extreme south of Burgundy!

Most Macon Rouge is made from Gamay and some Bourgogne can be to. This practice is waning (since Gamay is on the decline in the non-Beaujolais portions of Burgundy), but it ain't necessarily Pinot Noir unless it says "Bourgogne Pinot Noir" or a village or vinyard name on the label.

Reply by ChipDWood, Mar 17, 2009.

You can also find some good Pinot by hitting up an area outside of the Cote d'Or like Mercury. I recently wrote a review for such a wine that was a good value @ $30 a bottle (and from an older vintage, 1999, as well).

Reply by Greg Roberts, Mar 19, 2009.

Finding a good Burgundy Pinot under at a decent price is always difficult. Too often the less expensive stuff is thin and acidic since it comes from fruit that was never fully ripened. If you find a good source of reasonably priced Burgundy you tend to keep it to yourself since so little is usually produced.

I'll shamelessly plug one of our wines, Domaine Jean-Pierre Charton from Mercurey Veilles Vignes, as a great value.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Mar 19, 2009.

Dureuil-Janthial wines from Rully in the Cote Chalonnaise have always delivers big bang for the buck. Not quite $20 but mostly under $30

Around the same price many of Jean Garaudet's wines are pretty solid.

Under $20 I would opt for a passetoutgrains, Gamay /Pinot blend. They can be really delicious.

Some producers make very fine straight Bourgogne that seem to be clustered around the $20 mark. My favorite id from Joseph Voillot, but I've had good examples from Girardin, Jadot, Drouhin and a great one from Potel over the past year or so.

That's about all I can think of but I hope it's at least a start!

Reply by wineluv, Mar 20, 2009.

Thank you guys for all the advise!! I really appreciate it :)

Reply by dmcker, Mar 21, 2009.

Allow me to throw a changeup here.

When you say Burgundy, are you only thinking pinot noir? Early on in my wine education I took a detour through gamay, and found some of the more delimited wines of the Beaujolais region (like Cote de Brouilly, Morgon and a Moulin-a-Vent) quite delightful. Fuller and more complex than what we think of when we hear the name 'beaujolais'.

Not technically burgundian in one sense, but kind of in the 'greater' region in another. Enjoyable to drink in a number of contexts, and quite a bit cheaper than Cote d'Or, or even Cote Challonaise or Macconais. After the refreshing gamays, then it's back to the fun of exploring the various pinots of these last two areas, as several people recommend above...

Reply by dmcker, Mar 23, 2009.

Was just looking at this vendor and saw two pertinent Burgundian pinots on this page:
Sorry for the long URL, but I'd already entered my location as California.

I haven't had either the Jean-Pierre Charton, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, "Champ de Perdrix" for $19 or the Jean-Pierre Charton, "Vieilles Vignes" 2006, Mercurey for $27, but they look like they may be worth a try.

Reply by dmcker, Mar 23, 2009.

Looking above I see that Greg Roberts already recommended the Mercurey and Snooth has tasting notes posted for it, so I feel even better about pointing to it...

Reply by Olaf Rudiger, Mar 24, 2009.

Near Auxerre you may find some interesting cheap Burgundies. Ghislaine&Jean-Huges Goisot is a reliable producer at St Bris, with wines starting at 10€ (here in Spain).

Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Mar 24, 2009.

I second Olag's suggestions. Bourgogne Irancy and reds from St. Bris can be good values... however, they are almost always a lighter style of wine. If you are looking for a PN with stuffing, look elsewhere!

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