You might be surprised to hear it, but the region of Burgundy, despite its reputation for utmost rarity, is equally home to many a lovely domain producing bottles that won’t break the bank. Here is our hand-crafted selection of pleasingly priced favourites from the Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais, and Chablisien. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the reigning varietals here, but we can also point you in the direction of alternative grapes. Let’s take a look at the surprises in store…
Petite prices from the greatest appellations
If you hadn’t heard, we’re here to make it official: you can indeed find wines from the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits for less than €30! iDealwine is home to an extensive range of such bottles, with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay cuvées within easy reach.
From the Côte de Nuits, let’s begin with the wines made by our dear Sylvain Pataille, a producer who offers his talents to the magnificent Marsannay-la-Côte appellation just a few kilometres north of Gevrey-Chambertin. Classed within the Marsannay Villages appellation, these cuvées reveal all the classic beauty that Burgundy holds, and this through a biodynamic philosophy.
The Côte de Beaune is where we find Domaine Alain Gras, whose selection of bottles from €21 to €28 come from the fine villages of Auxey-Duresses and Saint-Romain, in red and white alike. This latter appellation is a charming commune where the vines are planted at the foot of a cliff to eventually be crafted into excellent wine. You should discover the Réserve Personnelle from Domaine Aegerter or the Saint-Romain cuvée by Domaine David Moret, a nectar of buttery and citrus aromas with a refreshing underscore. What would you say to a trip to Beaune via a bottle from Domaine des Croix, or to Santenay for a Premier Cru Le Beaurepaire by Jean-Marc Vincent?
And as for Chablis, Domaine Pattes Loup’s Vent d’Ange cuvée is a lively and delicate gem with citrus currents that will pair nicely with dishes like fish and poultry in sauce.
Get a taste of the big names
Some of Burgundy’s biggest names produce, or are associated with, certain cuvées that don’t come at such a big price. We’d like to cite Aubert de Villaine, Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret, and Marquis d’Angerville as just a few that spring to mind. We recommend the Aligoté cuvée from Domaine A. et P. de Villaine, an estate purchased in 1971 by a fine vigneron and his wife Pamela in Bouzeron. Next up is a red wine, the Bourgogne La Fortune cuvée which is fruity and soft with its nose of red fruit and spices. From Meursault, we hope you’ve already heard of Domaine Michel Bouzereau & Fils, as well as Domaine de Montille…either way, their reds are to be enjoyed without delay! As we head to the Côte de Nuits, we pass through Volnay, where Domaine du Marquis d’Angerville offers a Bourgogne Passetoutgrain which is made of Pinot Noir and Gamay. A go-to signature of Vosne-Romanée, taste the Sapidus cuvée made at Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret. As for Chambolle-Musigny, we can’t let Laurent Roumier’s Hautes-Côtes-de-Nuits La Poirelette pass you by! From the Mâconnais area, Domaine des Vignes du Maynes is a star, and their Bourgogne Rouge Les Crays (€24) is a mineral wine made from grapes grown in chalky soil.
Get ahead of the curve
A final piece of advice? A lower budget can lead you to some of Burgundy’s up-and-coming domains before they get big. Areas like the Côte Chalonnaise, the Mâconnais, and Irancy are all good places to start.
Givry, for example, has some excellent villages appellations like Domaine des Moirots, as well as premiers crus like Clos Jus and Domaine Ragot’s Grande Berge. One of our favourites from the Côte Chalonnaise is Domaine Paul et Marie Jacqueson, a family-run property that has seen phenomenal success recently. A safe bet, this domain has kept its prices attainable, especially for its Mercurey and Rully cuvées. This is a broad selection for you to delve into! Let’s stay in Mercurey with the Clos de la Maladière from Château de Chamirey, a concentrated wine with good ageing potential. The sme from Michel Juillot has great generosity in its aroma and flavour. From Rully, we bet you’ll love the Les Cailloux cuvée from Domaine des Rois Mages, a flavourful and silky wine to uncork in its youth.
South of Chablis we find a 160-hectare appellation that produces only red wine: Irancy. For around a decade now, this sub-region has been picked up by a handful of dynamic and talented vignerons. We recommend getting a glassful of their produce before too many people find out…which is bound to happen soon! This Côte de Moutier cuvée is an exceptionally elegant expression of Stéphanie Colinot’s work. And Les Mazelots is a powerful wine that needs a few years in the cellar for its tannins to soften; and once it’s time to uncork, the moment will be grandiose!
From Mâcon, you’ll find plenty of reds to excite your tastebuds. Robert Denogent’s Mâcon-Burgy is one of them, a pure Gamay crafted at the heart of the kingdom of Pinot Noir. In a similar vein, the Mâcon-Verzé from Domaine Nicolas Maillet is a round and flavourful wine, perfect to serve as an aperitif.