I see where you're coming from, that the nature of the region might lead one more towards concentration, thus buying in cases is somehow a "Bordeaux mentality." Interesting notion. But I think the idea works more in the land of metaphor than reality, except in the UK where they love their claret and wines are often only offered by the case. Even the small sample set in this thread doesn't seem to reveal that the case buyers are overwhelmingly Bordeaux folks by nature.Howard Cooper wrote: ↑June 6th, 2020, 5:03 amI think buying a solid case of something is more of a Bordeaux thing than a Burgundy thing, for example, with other regions possibly somewhere in between. If I want to buy 12 bottles of Pichon Lalande, for example, I buy 12 bottles of Pichon Lalande. However, if I want to buy 12 bottles of wine from say Rossignol-Trapet, I have a huge number of wines to choose from. Even if I want to stick with Grand Crus, I could split a purchase between Chambertin, Latricieres Chambertin and Chapelle Chambertin. Maybe through in a few premier crus or even a villages GC. There have been times when I have purchased a case or more of wine from a specific producer (sometimes from a specific vintage, sometimes more mixed), esp. when I have visited them, but very rarely have I purchased a solid case of one wine. For example, I bought around 3 cases of Truchot 2005 Burgundy, but this included 7 different wines.
Buying four cases of one wine in a specific vintage, like Mark did with Vieux Chateau Certan, really seems like a Bordeaux thing. Even asking a question limiting this to a single wine seems like a Bordeaux thing.
I buy cases, sometimes multiple cases, of Riesling, champagne, alto Piemonte wines, spanish whites, rose, and even Burgundy, though given current pricing it's more the "lesser" wines like Savigny, Monthelie and Chablis these days. Even in Savigny or Chablis, I tend to buy a case of one or two of my favorites within a given producer. I don't want 2 mixed cases of Bize Savigny, I want a case each of my two favorites. Same with Fevre - I'll take a case of the Cote Bouguerots and a case of the Preuses, and leave the others alone. Most of the friends I drink wine and socialize with most often are similar.
I think we return to simple personal preference and constraints. The Bordeaux Mentality seems like a stretch to me.