For the better part of a millennium, Burgundy has set the standard for the ways in which specific parcels of land result in wines of remarkably idiosyncratic character.
Add to that the fact that Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are grown throughout the region — and specifically the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, which together comprise Burgundy’s famous Côte d’Or — set the standard around the world for terroir-specificity and age-worthiness among those grape varieties, and it’s no wonder that collectors often clamour for Burgundian wines.
This is exactly what made Alicia Towns Franken and DLynn Proctor’s presentation at the 2022 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, “Legendary Reds: Barolo vs Burgundy,” so fascinating: Anytime there’s an opportunity to taste great wines by Burgundy wine producers alongside what many wine professionals consider to be its Italian equivalent is bound to be eye-opening.
You need to keep an eye out for these Burgundy wine producers
The range of wines tasted during their session was fantastic, though of course with a region as minutely divvied-up as Burgundy, and with excellent bottles to be found at prices that can hit mortgage-payment levels, buying the best is no small matter.
Still, when we asked Towns Franken and Proctor for five recommended producers, these are among the standouts they chose. Any one of them would make for a fantastic centrepiece for a collection…or a fantastically decadent dinner:
Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé: Most famous for its Grand Cru bottlings of Le Musigny and Bonnes-Mares, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé produces a range of stellar wines that are mainstays of collections and auction houses around the world.
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti: Arguably the most famous Domaine in Burgundy–and one of the most revered in the entire world–DRC, as it’s known to its fans, is responsible for legendary expressions of Pinot Noir from La Tâche, Richebourg, and Romanée-Conti, among others.
Domaine Georges Roumier: Young by Burgundy standards — its roots go back to 1924 — Roumier exists in the upper echelons of Burgundy. In addition to standout Premier Cru bottlings from Chambolle-Musigny, Roumier also produces Grand Crus from Musigny, Bonnes-Mares, Corton-Charlemagne, and more.
Domaine Méo Camuzet: With a production that runs the gamut from Bourgogne Rouge all the way up to Grand Crus like Richebourg, Échezeaux, and more, Domaine Méo-Camuzet has something for everyone.
Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair: The domaine produces Grand Crus from Richebourg and Clos-Vougeot, as well as more approachable wines from the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits and even a Bourgogne Aligoté.
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