Saturday, May 4, 2013

2010 Burgundy greatness brings on melancholy



2010 red Burgundies are soooo painfully good that I am shocked to admit I am becoming desensitized to $100/btl price barrier. In the past, I would only consider the mindbogglingly profound wines to sway me to consider spending north of $100. The world's greatest wine regions and producers have escalated their prices especially in a vintage as glorious all across Europe as 2010. Clearly the global demand for top Burgundy is on the rise. Great many red Burgs from 2010 are so excellent (delicious and age-worthy), that even at the village level they are hard to resist, even when approaching triple digits $$$. In the future the prices for this level of quality are likely to be even higher, maybe a lot higher. That's not to say that every 2010 is good, some are meh, so tasting is highly recommended before buying. But the average level is fantastic. Minimum 3-6 bottles for any self-respecting wine lover, and you are down half a grand, mind full of dreams of future delights. The scary thing is -- the *really* good stuff is now routinely crossing into the next order of magnitude (i.e. $1000+/btl). And even scarier is to think: even if I spent that kind of money, I would not be touching these wines for another 10-20+ years until they reach "prime drinking window" - what!!!? Like they say - "if you have to ask... (you can't afford it)..."

What kind of good wines have put me into this melancholic state of mind, you might ask?
Well, this past week it's been Comtes Lafon Volnay(s) - with the outstanding basic villages and the 1er Santenots du Milieu; and Maume Gevrey-Chambertin(s) - En Pallud villages, 1er Lavaux Saint-Jacques, and Mazis-Chambertin. Bordering on great, and still $100's (or $1000's) away from sublime. What will the next week bring?!!!




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