your hypothetical wine bar: pick 5 Burgs to serve by the glass

For argument’s sake, let’s say you’re opening a small wine bar and have decided to serve 5 different Burgs (red, white, or both) by the glass. The location, wines, and price per glass are entirely up to you, but keep in mind they have to remain cost-effective when one accounts for spoilage, customers sending back wine, etc. Thanks!

Jacques Bavard Savigny Les Beaune Blanc
Dauvissat Forest
Frédéric Esmonin CdN Villages Belle Vue
Bertheau Chambolle Musigny
Chevillon NSG Cailles

What the hell are you going to charge for a glass of Chevillon Cailles???

2010 Maison Ilan Corbeaux en magnum

Apparently you can’t afford it :slight_smile:

Dublere Bourgogne Blanc
Pierre Yves Colin Morey CM Chenevootes (or any of his premier crus)
Cecile Tremblay Bougogne Rouge
Mugneret-Gibourg Vosne Romanee
D’Angerville Volnay (any of his premier crus)

Not can’t, won’t! :wink:

The only way I can do this is to think of the 5 different Burgs I’d want at various price points. In order from cheapest to most expensive:

2013 Faiveley Mercurey Clos des Myglands
2012 Jabot Beaune Premier Cru 153 Anniversary
2005 Alain Burguet Gevery-Chambertin Mes Favorites
2009 Bertrand Ambroise Corton le Rognet
Most expensive would be an aged Ponsot from Chapelle-Chamberlin or Clos de la Roche depending on what I could source.

Assuming value for money and drinkability key criteria.

Jean-Marc Pillot Puligny-Montrachet ‘Le Trezin’ - value Puligny AC
Hubert Lamy Bourgogne ‘Les Chataigners’ - great producer
Jadot Cote de Nuits ‘Le Vaucrain’ - pretty, fragrant, well priced
Domaine Dujac Morey-Saint-Denis - top rank village, year in, year out. Drinks well young.
Jean-Marc Vincent Santenay ‘les Gravieres’ 1er - seriously good from less heralded terroir

2013 PYCM Bourgone or St. Aubin
2007 Dauvissat Sechet
2005 Pousse D’or en caillerets
2010 J-F Mugnier Clos de la Marechale
2012 Trapet Gevrey- Chambertin VV

Forgetting vintages for the purposes of this thread, and looking for semi-reasonable availability…

Domaine Fevre Chablis
Chevillon Bourgogne
Jadot Beaune Bressandes
Michel Lafarge Volnay
Hudelot Noellat Vosne Romanee Suchots

We just included a still Burgundy feature by the glass at my fizz bar.


  1. JP Brun Beaujolais Blanc
  2. Lavantereux Chablis
  3. Amiot Bourgogne Blanc


  1. F. magnien Bourgogne Rouge
  2. Danjean Berthoux Givry(s) - we used an assortment
  3. Rene Leclerc Gevrey-Chambertin

Crowds were pleased, prices were fair.

A fun challenge. I wonder if it makes sense to include sought-after wines like Tremblay or Mugneret Gibourg, even lower appellation wines, BTG, as those might be better-placed on the main list? Maybe by including Bachelet in my list below I’m contradicting myself…

2012 Pattes Loup Chablis AOC
2012 Domaine Ramonet Bourgogne Blanc
2011 Bachelet Haut Cotes de Nuits
2002 Domaine Bize Savigny Grands Liards
2007 Domaine Lafarge Volnay Vendanges Selectionée

Domaine Fevre Chablis
Henri Jouan GC Aux Echezeaux
Bertheau CM
JM Pillot CSJ Rouge
Hudelot Noellat VR

So can I start a wine bar now?

Fevre Chablis Bougros
Bouchard Meursault Geneveries
Joseph Voillot Volnay Les Champans
Alain Michelot NSG Les Cailles
Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin Cazetiers

Since it’s a wine bar and not a restaurant, I would go on the affordable side and serve wines for the “natural” crowd or from biodynamic producers:

In White:

Goisot - Bourgogne Aligoté
Saumaize-Michelin - Mâcon-Vergisson “La Roche”
De Moor - Chablis Bel Air et Clardy

In Red:

A&P de Villaine - Mercurey Les Montots
Sylvain Pataille - Bourgogne Le Chapitre

I see a lot of out of business wine bars in this thread. [snort.gif]

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How do you file for hypothetical bankruptcy? [snort.gif]

Hey, that would be a great name for a bar: Hypothetical. [cheers.gif]

More philosophical comments here, looking for what is out there and a good deal on a year to year basis, and of course trips to Burgundy to find best values each year!

Definitely would try to find a good Bourgogne Blanc
St. Aubin/ Meursault
Puligny village

-Again would go for a nice Bourgogne Rouge/Marsannay, Fixin, or Irancy in the $20-30 range, maybe two.
-Vote de Nuits village (likely NSG, Morey or Gev)
-Cote de Beaune village or 1er

I hope you have a lot a money. You are going to need it.