Originally Posted by gomestar
I feel like this topic comes up every few months on the wine threak. There are those who compare Burg to a minefield and a waste of money. And then there are others (me, matt, slew, manton) who love Burgundy and have had great luck. Ok, maybe it's not luck at all.
$20 for a Drouhin Cote de Beaune or $30 for a Bachelet Bourgogne Rouge strike me as great value plays.
This is fair. Don't get me wrong--I *love* Red Burgundy. It is my platonic ideal of a red wine. It really is.
It just pains me because I know I have neither the wallet nor the patience to enjoy the good stuff.
Entry level Burgs definitely have a place in my cellar (well, closet really... That's another problem) and I do enjoy them--but they are very clearly not the pinnacle of their grape. I do think that you can get better, more elegant wines in the $30 range than many Burgs. But, sometimes you just want a Burg, and there's nothing wrong with that.
I don't think finding good Burg is luck, except for the inevitable roulette you play with old bottles, but that's got nothing to do with Burg, all old wines have that risk. Just like any other wine, once you get an idea of the sub-regions, importers, producers, etc, it becomes pretty simple to find wine that will at least not be flawed. Might not be really what you wanted, but it won't likely be *bad*. Affording it is another problem.