Would like to try a wine that is a good representation of the Burgundy region that won't break my wallet. Don't really have a price limit but just want something as an introduction. Thanks for the suggestions.
I have been interested in Burgundy for some time, but only recently have I really had much chance or incentive to dive into a region that I find very complex to learn. From what I've come across, it's pretty hard to find decent wines from the Cote d'Or for less than about $35-$40. Latour's 2005 Marsannay was $20, and I believe WS gave it 90 points, but from what I can tell, it's an anomally--other vintages probably aren't nearly as good-- and it is definitely hard and shut down right now (even though I think it will open up and be pleasant in a few more years).
The problem you will find with trying to do Burgundy yourself is that you can get 100 wines recommended to you, and not be able to find any of them. Or, more likely, you find 10% of them, but all the ones you do find are way over your budget. The selection at my LWS is rudimentary, at best, and there are precious few older wines that are ready to drink. And if you drink your Burgundies too young, I can pretty much guarantee that you will be disappointed.
My best experience has been to call a reputable wine retailer that has a decent Burgundy selection, including older vintages, and ask them to assemble an interesting mixed case, and give them a reasonable price range within your budget. JJBuckley, WinEx, WineLibrary, VinsRare, are all examples, and I'm sure there are others. A price of about $300 for a six-pack, or $600 for a twelve, ought to give them enough wiggle room to find something decent for you. Obviously, if they can provide some '96 or '99 vintage bottles, you can start trying them sooner than if you end up with a bunch of '05, '06 and '07s, which you will have to lay down for several more years.
Thanks I appreciate the advice. I was pretty disappointed with two bottles I opened last night. Granted I guess that's what you get for expecting anything from bottles that are $15. Discouraging none the less.
Try looking for the Gevrey-Chambertin "vielles vignes" or the Morey St Denis "Clos Salon" from Domaine Fourrier for a couple of Reds from Burgundy. These are lighter than Californian or Oregon Pinots but the nose is more expressive.
Dujac seem to only have the domaine grown bottlings in the USA.
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