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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

I dunno, for $19 I think I would always reach for an entry level Drouhin instead.

I wuss out when it comes to buying even entry-level Burgs because I think a) I'm not sure I'll get something decent for a low price and b) I don't want to start myself on an even more slippery slope to financial insolvency.

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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

i think it's best to enjoy cru B for the enjoyment of cru B, not as a replacement of Burgundy or something like that.

I do enjoy cru Beaujolais, but I don't find myself drinking it alot. I have no idea or reason why.

I suppose having little to no experience with Burgs comes in handy here. Am enjoying these cheap-ish wines without the burden of comparison.

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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

I think I've posted pics of that bottling I've been buying for $13 or $14 and finding quite enjoyable. A Morgon.

I tried a Morgon recently that seems to be imported more or less only to these parts (still in central VA for a few more weeks). I didn't love it--wasn't giving up much of any flavor, really. But I'll work my way through the various crus unless I get tired of Beaujolais and move on to some new cheap region.
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

Not sure I saw that--what was it?

2009 Domaine de la Chaponne Morgon.
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Very un-Riesling Riesling.
Lemon and honey, sweet, little minerality. Just OK- perhaps a bit old.
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Very interesting...

Still working on finding my perfect "house" Riesling--simple, something I can open up anytime without feeling like I'm breaking the bank. Currently, going with the Doennhoff estate Riesling, though that's hard as it's right at $20, and for $22, you can get their Oberhaeuser Leistenberg, which is definitely nicer, but getting a bit more than I want to crack open all the time. The Steinmetz estate Riesling is another great buy... Going to get another couple of bottles soon to refine my opinion a bit.
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Meyer-Fonne Riesling Reserve. Usually under $20. Always really solidly made.
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

True to a degree, but many of the things I enjoy about Burgundy can be found in Cru B for a much more reasonable price. Not going to replace Burgundy of course, but as something I can afford to drink more often? Dollar for dollar, you can get a lot more for your money in Cru B, with some similar characteristics to Burgundy. There's something to be said for that.

Now, as Manton said, you can always just go for an entry level Drouhin or whatever. But you could also spend $30 and get a Cru B that is an impressively elegant wine. Hard to find that in Burgundy.

I had a Guy Breton Regnie 2009 recently that was just wonderful.

Granted, there are definitely better values out there. But I do enjoy something a bit lighter like Cru B or Burgundy.

The Breton Regnie is very good.

Like Gomey I like Cru Beaujolais for what it is. Hell, I love it for what it is. Still, I don't think there is a ton of good stuff made, and it is generally in the 25-35 range where you find really elegant wines from the crus.
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Originally Posted by itsstillmatt View Post

The Breton Regnie is very good.

Like Gomey I like Cru Beaujolais for what it is. Hell, I love it for what it is. Still, I don't think there is a ton of good stuff made, and it is generally in the 25-35 range where you find really elegant wines from the crus.

Now that I'll agree with--it's not a budget wine in the sense of a $15 weeknight wine. But for $25-$30, there arent many better, more elegant wines out there in my mind--from the better producers of course. Of which there are not a ton, to your point.

Good news about fewer producers though is it makes it much easier to learn the wines and what is going to be good and bad. Very little "anyone heard of this?" You pretty much know if it's going to be in that top tier immediately biggrin.gif
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Good discussion of cru beaujolais - one of my favorites too.

I've been making my way through this book that Slewfoot recommended at some point on Italian wines:
http://www.amazon.com/Vino-Italiano-Regional-Wines-Italy/dp/1400097746/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358307921&sr=1-1&keywords=vino+italiano
and in the process of reading up on Sicily came to try and really enjoy these two bottles from COS





They remind me very much of the kind of cru beaujolais I enjoy - namely the Morgons of Lapierre and Foillard and Brouillys of Thivin and Pacalet. Fairly light in alcohol, good grip, long, and very food-friendly. Highly recommended for something a little different.
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Interesting, Tattersall. I know almost nothing about Italian wines--something I shall have to remedy one of these days. I put that book on my Amazon list, looks very helpful.

Suppose my first step would be to figure out who the better importers are...
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Last night had a 2011 Arnot-Roberts North Coast Syrah at dinner. Typically I'm not a fan of California Syrah but this wine was totally different. If not for a very pronounced black pepper note I would have tagged it as Northern Rhone and probably still would if tasted blind. Only 12.9% abv, which is probably as low as I've had out of a California Syrah. I think retail it's around $40, and I don't see it as a great value, but it's certainly a very well-made wine.
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A few fellow wine geeks have spoken highly of the Arnot Roberts syrahs, describing them as you have. A local wine shop has some and I think I will try a bottle.
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i had one a few months ago, and would probably agree with your description
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I had a phelps pinot at a party last night and I liked it a lot.
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Had an 08 southern Rhone that Lynch imported. Granted it was just a $15 bottle but did not think it was worth the money.
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Originally Posted by Piobaire View Post

Had an 08 southern Rhone that Lynch imported. Granted it was just a $15 bottle but did not think it was worth the money.

Interesting, usually the Lynch wines are pretty good. Producer?
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