Nice to see Domaine des Croix mentioned on the board as he seems to be an overlooked producer (I guess I should be happy about that though). I’ve not tried David’s bourgogne – his village and 1ers are usually available at such good prices that I haven’t sought it out.
Agree with Roty Pressonnier and I also enjoy Hudelot Noellat.
They certainly are overpriced Craig - but they just happen to be the only Bourgogne Rouges I’ve had over the last few years that were worth mentioning. I love Hubert Lignier’s wines but rarely run into his Bourgogne Rouge.
They certainly are overpriced Craig - but they just happen to be the only Bourgogne Rouges I’ve had over the last few years that were worth mentioning. I love Hubert Lignier’s wines but rarely run into his Bourgogne Rouge.[/quote]
I am trying to understand why anyone would care about the “best” Bourgogne rouge notwithstanding price. If someone makes a great Bourgogne Rouge that is more expensive than for example wines from Savigny les Beaune or Pernand Vergelesses from Pavelot or Chandon de Briailles what is the point of it (unless it is better than those wines). Would one eliminate a Bourgogne rouge that was from grapes entitled to a better appellation but declassified?
There is some bottle variation with that 1999 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Rouge but the good ones are splendid.
I really like Arnoux-Lachaux’s last couple of Bourgogne Rouges and Cecile Tremblay’s ‘Croix Blanche’ is getting expensive but it is classy. Catherine and Claude Maréchal’s Bourgogne Rouge ‘Cuvée Gravel’ is a cracker in most vintages and in the riper vintages Roulot makes a terrific Bourgogne Rouge (the '99 is brilliant). At the real value end Jean-Claude Boisset and Daniel Rion make great value Bourgogne Rouge.
Best Bourgognes for me to date have been Bachelet and Lafarge - though you have to wait as long for the Lafarge Bourgogne to show its innards as you would for a 1er from most other domaines. Bitouzet-Prieur’s '12 Bourgognes surprised me: both rouge and blanc were extremely good.
For the cost of some of the better Bourgognes, however, you might check out Savigny (as suggested) and Pernand villages from good producers (Pavelot, Bize, Rollin); for just a bit more, some Jadot Beaune 1ers - although they will also require time in the cellar.
I was not Bichot fun …until recently I read Bill N.'s book ( - about Bichot et autre ).
Bichot PN VV is my favorite Bougogne Rouge because SAQ ( in Quebec, Canada ) releases it at around CA $15 per 750 ml. If I buy them in case of 12 …I will get a 15% discount. It is more than reasonable…and a very good QPR burgundy.