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03-06-2020 04:19

Best Value Burgundies

Als u op zoek bent naar koopjes in de Bourgogne, moet u geen hoge verwachtingen hebben. De prijzen blijven gepeperd. Er waren enkele verrassingen toen Wine-Searcher probeerde waardige wijnen te vinden in 's werelds duurste wijnregio.


If you're looking for Burgundy bargains, you should check your expectations at the door. There were a few surprises when Wine-Searcher attempted to find value in the world's most expensive wine region. We do like a challenge here at Wine-Searcher, but this one really is a doozy – find the 10 best-value wines from Burgundy. In one sense, of course, it's simple – just work out which Burgundy wines have aggregated critic scores of 91 and above and then work out a value factor based on price. A reasonably educated child could do it, surely. However, the problem is that we are talking about Burgundy, where certain expectations prevail.


The first of these expectations is that the price tag will be heavy. The meteoric rise in price of the region's top wines has been jaw-dropping and, despite a recent – relative – cooling-off in those price rises, you're still talking about silly money. Take the top of the tree: Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's flagship Romanée-Conti Grand Cru – traditionally the world's most expensive wine around these parts – commands a truly vertiginous price. At the end of September, its monthly worldwide average price per bottle (a more stable and representative figure than the ever-changing daily average price) stood at $20,325. Now, that price is actually lower than it was in August, when we revealed our list of the world's most expensive wines. Back then it stood at $20,450, almost $5000 ahead of the second most expensive, Domaine Leroy's Musigny Grand Cru, at $15,680. At the end of September, the Leroy had actually overtaken the DRC, soaring by 36.5 percent to $21,397. That's the kind of pricing we are dealing with, so value is – if I may repeat myself – a very relative concept in Burgundy.


Little white

The other expectation is that the wines will be red. Burgundy is the home of Pinot Noir, and the best wines are capable of an ethereal, magical quality unobtainable in any other red wine. Look at the list of the most searched-for Burgundies and you won't find a white wine in the top 10. In fact, you'll find three in the top 25, which is astonishing, since Burgundy is also the home of Chardonnay, the world's favorite white grape.


Things look very different on this list, with nary a red wine to be seen. In fact, the nearest red wine to this list is the 2015 Domaine d'Ardhuy Savigny les Beaune, which has an impressive value factor of 4.29, but sadly it only has a 90-point aggregate critic score and so doesn't make the cut, despite its $21 average price tag. The only other red within a bull's roar of the list is the 2014 Domaine Taupenot-Merme Mazoyeres-Chambertin Grand Cru. Its impressive 94-point score is tempered by its $146 average price, giving a value factor of 0.64.