Vintage Burgundy wine
Along with Bordeaux, vintage Burgundy wine is some of the most celebrated in the world. This wine region is located in the central / east part of France and includes the main growing regions of Chablis, Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, Cote Chalonnaise and Maconnais. This is truly glorious wine and the Burgundy area has some of the most expensive wine real estate in the world. There are serious wines for serious collectors but with a bit of homework you can also find some lesser known but still delicious wines.
A guide to vintage Burgundy wine
The Gilbert & Gaillard wine guide is the ideal companion to vintage Burgundy wine. Whether you are a newcomer to the world of wine or already an expert, it is an indispensable guide to the regions great wines and also to those lesser known wineries. The wines are rated on a simple 100 point scale, after being judged by an expert panel on a number of criteria. This allows the guide user to quickly compare between the myriad wines on offer. The online wine guide is also a great time saver, allowing users to search for wines by a number of criteria to find the bottle that is exactly right for them.
Selecting the right vintage Burgundy wine
The quality, and hence price, of vintage Burgundy wine is determined by a number of factors. Terroir is very important in Burgundy, perhaps more so than any other wine region in France, and the geography, elevation, aspect and soil type of the vineyard will all be reflected in the quality of the wine and the approach of the wine maker. Climate is also all-important. Obviously, this changes every year and influences the characteristics of the wine.
Vintage Burgundy wine by year
With the climate changing year on year, the quality of the wine changes dramatically. Wine writers will give their views on the relative value if any particular year, usually ranking it on a scale of one to ten or from poor to excellent. Once a vintage has been assessed, the cost of the wine can soar or plummet depending on the score. Clearly, it is important to consider the exact year that your vintage Burgundy wine was produced before any purchase. It may also be possible to find some great wines from good years when you use the Gilbert & Gaillard guide.