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Know the lingo Cristina Otel, the owner of Taste Burgundy Wine School has coined a phrase that every Burgundy wine enthusiast should know.
Grey zones, as she calls them, are the AOC that butt right up against vineyards that have been classified as Grand Cru, but for whatever reason have not received the prestigious designation.
Domaine Simon Bize et Fils and Domaine Pavelot make excellent bottles, many Premier Cru, that sell for under €30.
Domaine Simon Bize et Fils’ US importers include Martin Scott Wines, Cordon Selections, and The Source.
Because there’s less demand, bottles of Chablis Grand Cru can be had for less than €50/bottle, unheard of in the Côte d’Or. Duplessis also makes some fantastic, well priced Chablis, available in the US through Selection Massale.Look for other varietals Many think Chardonnay is the only white wine in Burgundy, but there is another other white grape planted in the region called Aligoté.The simple, crisp white is a more steely, herbal relative of Chardonnay and is very inexpensive. De Villaine, the owners of the prestigious Domaine de la Romanée Conti (home of the most expensive wine in the world) also make a delicious (and cheap! Look for wine makers who are thinking outside the box Winemaker Anne Gros’ elegant Burgundies can hardly be described as inexpensive, but her Bourgogne Rouge and Bourgogne Blanc, regional wines that can be made from grapes grown anywhere in Burgundy, can be found for -35 in the U.You can find a list of Joli Vin, a California-based importer and distributor, retailers in California here.Savigny-Lès-Beaune is home to Domaine Chandon de Briailles, a gorgeous 18 century manor house and winery owned by the Count and Countess de Nicolay.
The gardens were designed by the same landscape architect as Versailles and are open to the public.