Any Burgundy worth buying at Total Wine for 20% off?

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Any Burgundy worth buying at Total Wine for 20% off?

#1 Post by David Mc » January 6th, 2019, 9:53 am

I got a coupon in the mail for 20% Old World wine at Total Wine (not just the winery direct wine).

Anything burgundy worth buying? I'm starting to explore Burgundy so I don't have much knowledge of what to buy.

Other old world wines worth picking up?

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#2 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » January 6th, 2019, 10:01 am

David Mc wrote:
January 6th, 2019, 9:53 am
I got a coupon in the mail for 20% Old World wine at Total Wine (not just the winery direct wine).

Anything burgundy worth buying? I'm starting to explore Burgundy so I don't have much knowledge of what to buy.

Other old world wines worth picking up?

Thanks,
Some things that I have grabbed recently with 20% off coupons, and would go back if I had another:

Les Carmes Haut Brion 2014
Lanessan 2014
Conseillante 2014
Krug 2000
Salmon Billecart
Figeac 2014
Lalande 2014

TW does not have the best pricing, but with that 20% pricing, great deals. The Conseillante turned out to be $80 and I bought more than a case of Lanessan at $17.

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#3 Post by Neal.Mollen » January 6th, 2019, 10:17 am

^^^^^

Inventory is highly store-specific but bought a lot of 14 bdx at really good prices at my local store. Grand Puy Lacoste sub $50 has been a regular feature there. Can't say I have seen anything equivalent in burgundy, but that doesn't mean there won't be bargains at your store. Kinda have to go and walk the aisles.
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#4 Post by Rich Brown » January 6th, 2019, 10:18 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 6th, 2019, 10:01 am
David Mc wrote:
January 6th, 2019, 9:53 am
I got a coupon in the mail for 20% Old World wine at Total Wine (not just the winery direct wine).

Anything burgundy worth buying? I'm starting to explore Burgundy so I don't have much knowledge of what to buy.

Other old world wines worth picking up?

Thanks,
Some things that I have grabbed recently with 20% off coupons, and would go back if I had another:

Les Carmes Haut Brion 2014
Lanessan 2014
Conseillante 2014
Krug 2000
Salmon Billecart
Figeac 2014
Lalande 2014

TW does not have the best pricing, but with that 20% pricing, great deals. The Conseillante turned out to be $80 and I bought more than a case of Lanessan at $17.
That's freaking awesome you were able to snag the Krug at 20% off! Typically they throw a '7' at the end of the pricing for the really good stuff here in AZ so you can't use the coupon. I remember recently talking myself into buying a birth year Cheval Blanc for one of my kids because of the 20%.....only to leave sad and bottle-less after being rejected at the register.

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#5 Post by Jayson Cohen » January 6th, 2019, 10:18 am

From what I’ve seen, most TWs stock a largely unexciting slate of Burgundies, but the most interesting (and expensive) stuff is in the refrigerated high-end section on a store by store basis. So you really have to see what’s available in your local outlet(s). I think that can only be done in person (unless I’m wrong about how accurate their web site is).

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#6 Post by Mike Evans » January 6th, 2019, 10:26 am

David Mc wrote:
January 6th, 2019, 9:53 am
I got a coupon in the mail for 20% Old World wine at Total Wine (not just the winery direct wine).

Anything burgundy worth buying? I'm starting to explore Burgundy so I don't have much knowledge of what to buy.

Other old world wines worth picking up?

Thanks,
I don’t know what the selections are like where you are, but based on the inventory in the Atlanta stores Total Wine is a poor place to explore Burgundy. The producers they tend to carry aren’t generally sought after by Burgundy fans and seem to be chosen more because they will give exclusives to Total Wine than because of their quality. Another issue is that Total Wine’s online inventory often omits the vintage, which is critical information when trying to shop them online. I’ve generally found the online information that is given to to be accurate, though. You can use the filters to select multiple stores so you can see what is available locally in a single search.

That said, I’ve seen good Premier Cru reds from Jadot, Faiveley, and Gouges at Total Wine, so there may be some options from them at decent pricing. I’d check the online inventory for your local stores so you can research your options before going in.

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#7 Post by Kirk.Grant » January 6th, 2019, 12:12 pm

Not sure the store you're near and what they have...but some of my favorite gems from Total wine have been the 2015 Jadot's early in 2018. Maybe let us know what store you're close to and we could review their inventory?
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#8 Post by G. Bienstock » January 6th, 2019, 12:36 pm

With the caveat I have not tasted recent vintages, Javillier whites are good.
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#9 Post by Nathan Smyth » January 6th, 2019, 12:47 pm

David Mc wrote:
January 6th, 2019, 9:53 am
I got a coupon in the mail for 20% Old World wine at Total Wine (not just the winery direct wine).
Are you limited to what's in stock in the store?

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#10 Post by Cris Whetstone » January 6th, 2019, 12:56 pm

In my region you can often get good deals with those coupons on some top end Rioja and decent Piedmont. They normally have Produttori normale for instance at whatever the going price is in most stores. 20% off makes it a sweet deal. Riojas I've seen regularly include Prado Enea, Ygay GR Especial, La Rioja Alta. They even used to carry some LdH. That's been rare these days.

They used to carry some St Cosme plus plenty of other top S Rhone. I also used to be able to get some Joguet but I haven't seen it in a while.
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#11 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » January 6th, 2019, 1:27 pm

I've seen some limited Taupenot-Merme bottlings at my local TW.
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#12 Post by David Mc » January 6th, 2019, 1:28 pm

Thanks for the responses.

I'm in Washington DC area and work in Virginia so I'm near the McLean, Springfield, Ballston and Landmark stores.
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#13 Post by Kirk.Grant » January 6th, 2019, 1:59 pm

David Mc wrote:
January 6th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Thanks for the responses.

I'm in Washington DC area and work in Virginia so I'm near the McLean, Springfield, Ballston and Landmark stores.
I'd be buying any of these depending on your comfort with spending money and your willingness to be patient.
Ch de la Tour Clos de Vougeot, 2014 ($219.99)
Jadot Gevrey Chambertin St. Jacque, 2014 ($149.99)
Jadot Volnay Clos de la Barre, 2014 ($89.99)
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#14 Post by J Wei » January 6th, 2019, 2:14 pm

You may want to check that the 20% doesn't exclude items that end with a "7" - ie. $199.97

I also got a 20% off but it excluded "7" which kinda sucks.
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#15 Post by Rich Brown » January 6th, 2019, 2:21 pm

J Wei wrote:
January 6th, 2019, 2:14 pm
You may want to check that the 20% doesn't exclude items that end with a "7" - ie. $199.97

I also got a 20% off but it excluded "7" which kinda sucks.
Yep, they all do from everything I've seen (per my story above....I learned the hard way)

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#16 Post by Dan Sch » January 6th, 2019, 5:24 pm

David Mc wrote:
January 6th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Thanks for the responses.

I'm in Washington DC area and work in Virginia so I'm near the McLean, Springfield, Ballston and Landmark stores.
Since you're in DC...You'd do much better to check out Weygandt Wines in Cleveland Park and their selection of 2013/14 Burgundy -- some great prices at the moment.
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#17 Post by M. Meer » January 6th, 2019, 11:01 pm

Javillier

Though, I can only speak to the white wines.
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#18 Post by Mattstolz » January 9th, 2019, 2:19 pm

my Total is a wasteland for Burgs... they're totally dead at retail. but I normally can score some winners with this Old world 20% off coupon with Bordeaux and Italians. Sometimes even the rare JJ Prum sneaks into the inventory.

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#19 Post by G. Bienstock » January 9th, 2019, 2:36 pm

The JJ Prum here is too expensive
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#20 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » January 9th, 2019, 7:09 pm

The German selection at my local TW is downright insulting.
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#21 Post by John Glas » January 10th, 2019, 4:11 pm

The German selection at my local TW is downright insulting.
Are you surprised?
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#22 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » January 10th, 2019, 4:50 pm

John Glas wrote:
January 10th, 2019, 4:11 pm
The German selection at my local TW is downright insulting.
Are you surprised?
Surprised? No. Disappointed? Yes.

It strikes me as terribly odd that the only fine wine category Total Wine does well is Bdx., and they do it very well, imo --- not great, but they're certainly a very useful option with the coupons.
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#23 Post by T. Williams » January 10th, 2019, 5:26 pm

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
January 9th, 2019, 7:09 pm
The German selection at my local TW is downright insulting.
I second this remark. My TW does ‘Merica and BDX well, the rest is meh.
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#24 Post by John Glas » January 10th, 2019, 6:41 pm

Brian there bread and butter is their winery direct. That is 50% of their products. The interesting thing about these winery directs is that they are not just their corporate crap labels. They must have such large buying power that they negotiate with the wineries and they funnel product through distributors throughout the US.
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#25 Post by Brian G r a f s t r o m » January 10th, 2019, 9:37 pm

Why can't they do better? That's what I want to know.
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