Under $20 Bourgogne Rouge
After the virtual Burgundy tour, I started to wonder how inexpensive Bourgogne Rouge would stack up to the Village wines we tried. In addition, many wine drinkers just don’t have the $$ or interest to spend $50 on a bottle of wine. I decided to gather up a few under $20 examples (on sale) to try. The big questions: Are they clearly Burgundy? What can we learn from them?
In short, Bourgogne Rouge wines are clearly from Burgundy and nowhere else. They lack the specific characteristics of a particular village since these wines are typically sourced from a variety of vineyards in the region. Also the vineyard sources won’t be at the same quality level as the village wines. However, as a group, they do offer bright red fruits, but the fruit isn’t as prominent as many new world Pinot Noirs. They also show an herbal/earthy side that is typical of the Village level wines from our tour. One interesting note: you may be able to get a good sense of the producer’s style using these wines for comparison, especially if you choose a group from the same vintage.
Joseph Faively Bourgogne Rouge 2009 ($19)
Definitely an authentic red Burgundy!
Eye: Nice medium transparent garnet red color.
Nose: A bit stinky when the bottle is first opened, blows off quickly. Then a nice cherry aroma appears.
Mouth: Nice dry and a bit tannic at the end. Red fruits, some definite herbs. This is clearly Burgundy, not overly complex, but very nice. Perhaps a little riper than most higher level Burgundies. I would drink this anytime.
Bouchard Père et Fils Bourgogne ($19)
Eye: Beautiful transparent red, just a bit deep in color
Nose: Rich red fruit and something earthy like a bit of mushroom.
Mouth: Rich and smooth, almost buttery in a way. Not bad in any way, just not my favorite inexpensive Burgundy.
Maison Roche de Bellene Bourgogne ($20)
Nice Bourgogne Rouge with some complexity from old vines (Vieilles Vignes).
Eye: Beautiful cherry red, transparent.
Nose: Red fruit, then a bit of smoke, a bit of earth.
Mouth: Not tart, but nice and lively. Not alot of tannin. mostly cherry flavor. This was very good with salmon.
Do you have a favorite inexpensive Bourgogne Rouge? I’d love to hear about your favorites!