Originally Posted by pscolari
It sounds like you appreciate primary characteristics of burgundy or wine in general. People who primarily buy burgundy appreciate the tertiary development that occurs way down the road, often after it has been a dumb or closed down stage where it shows nothing. If you do like the primary characteristics more, than buying burgundy is defintely not the value play as you mentioned. So be it.
That about sums it up. My experience is that folks confuse the stage you mention as development when its often just way past its peak. But peak is mailable to ones taste. I guess some like that wine that dies in 20 mins, its not my thing.
What I see is that folks can't get past the idea that this $200 wine has had it. Objectively, a blind tasting would likely expose how flat it is. But trying to impress your friends, eh.
My personal taste is to have some pop left in the wine. I can appreciate the refinement of extensive bottle age, but its not so special as to fork over the same price for a bottle as of a case of something good. That is unless you bought it and aged it, and even then I'm often shocked at the asking price for most average burg that has a good chance of never living up to expectations.