7 Affordable, High-Quality Wines from Burgundy You Need to Try

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A love affair with Burgundy has always tugged fiercely at the heart strings. These days, however, it seems to tug ever more fiercely at the wallet too, and wines from Burgundy鈥檚 heralded sites in the C么te de Nuits and C么te de Beaune have fallen out of reach for many wine lovers.

But happily, there鈥檚 still considerable value to be found in historically underappreciated regions like the C么te Chalonnaise.

A narrow stretch of land linking the C么te de Beaune to the north and the M芒connais to the south, the C么te Chalonnaise boasts no grand cru appellations. Historically, it鈥檚 known for fresh, fruity wines best enjoyed young. But, as throughout Burgundy, the consistency of wines produced in the C么te Chalonnaise have improved dramatically in recent decades.

From north to south, the C么te Chalonnaise encompasses the villages of Bouzeron, Rully, Mercurey, Givry and Montagny. In terms of terroir, it is built on the same bedrock of limestone soils that sweep the escarpment of the C么te d鈥橭r, but the landscape of the C么te Chalonnaise is better described as a scattering of hills of varying altitude and exposition. As in the C么te d鈥橭r, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the mainstays鈥攖he exception being Bouzeron, the only village in Burgundy devoted to the Aligot茅 grape.

Mercurey and Givry are the region鈥檚 most prominent villages, both known for perfumed, seductively spiced Pinot Noir with a longevity increasingly reminiscent of pricier wines from the C么te d鈥橭r.

A Guide to Finding Value Burgundy Wine

Montagny, a village with a surprisingly high proportion of premier cru vineyards, produces only Chardonnay. Rully produces both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but is best known for its white wines and Cr茅mant de Bourgogne.

As demand and pricing for Burgundy continue to balloon upwards, hidden treasures in the lesser-known reaches of Burgundy aren鈥檛 likely to remain hidden for long. Here are seven worth trying.

Domaine Besson Givry 2019 Le Petit Pr茅tan Premier Cru
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Domaine Besson Givry 2019 Le Petit Pr茅tan Premier Cru (Givry); $36. Buy on Wine.com. Whiffs of smoke and charred cacao nibs accent piercing red-cherry and plum flavors in this intensely fruity yet nuanced red鈥 SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Domaine Chanson 2019 Givry
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Domaine Chanson 2019 Givry; $45. Find on Wine-Searcher. Hints of crushed stone and licorice lend subtle complexities to ripe, richly concentrated flavors of preserved boysenberry and cherry in this wine鈥 SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Domaine de la Renaissance 2019 La Barre
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Domaine de la Renaissance 2019 La Barre (Rully); $40. Buy on Total Wine & More. This juicy, mouthwatering wine contrasts crisp bites of sour cherry and raspberry with spicy, smoky hints of roasted coffee bean and cacao鈥 SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Domaine Jeannin-Naltet 2020 Clos Des Grands Voyens Monopole Premier Cru
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Domaine Jeannin-Naltet 2020 Clos Des Grands Voyens Monopole Premier Cru (Mercurey); $47. Find on Wine-Searcher. 聽Pronounced in perfume and silky in texture, this robust, sun-drenched Pinot Noir offers generous blackberry and blueberry flavors offset by a spine of acidity鈥 SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Louis Latour 2019 Mercurey
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Louis Latour 2019 Mercurey; $30. Buy on Vivino. An undertow of crushed stone and salt anchors bright blackberry and raspberry flavors in this wine鈥 SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Maison Chanzy 2019 En Rosey
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Maison Chanzy 2019 En Rosey (Rully); $35. Buy on Wine.com. Strikes of tar and smoke lend savory intensity to bristling blackberry and cassis flavors in this wine鈥 SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

Michel Sarrazin et Fils 2019 Sous la Roche
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Michel Sarrazin et Fils 2019 Sous la Roche (Givry); $30. Find on Wine-Searcher. Invigorating whiffs of salt and crushed stone mingle into blackberry and plum in this ripe yet elegant Pinot Noir鈥 SEE SCORE AND FULL REVIEW

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Published on April 29, 2022
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