Some of the most expensive and collectible wines in the world are made in Burgundy by estates like Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) and Domaine Georges Roumier, and these wines are becoming even more expensive year after year. Average wine prices in Burgundy are rising due to increased demand for these bottles on the secondary market. Yet not every bottle of Burgundy has to cost thousands of dollars. You can still find many Burgundy wines of exceptional quality that sell for less than $200 per bottle and taste incredibly complex for the price. Whether you’re on a limited budget or you’d like to invest in a few affordable bottles while you wait for your more expensive wines to mature, this guide to the best Burgundy under $200 will help you build a high-quality collection for a reasonable cost.
The Best Burgundy Under $200 for Red Wine Collectors
Can you buy grand cru red Burgundy for less than $200 per bottle? Some collectors are surprised to find wines from top-ranked vineyards and producers at this price point, but it’s possible if you know where to look. Producers like Bouchard Père & Fils, Domaine Lignier-Michelot, and Domaine Drouhin-Laroze make some of the best Burgundy under $200, but many Burgundy producers make at least one label that sells at a lower price point than the others. The price of Burgundy depends on many factors, including where the grapes were grown and the quality of the vintage. For example, wines from Bouchard Père & Fils’ renowned vineyard in La Romanée often cost thousands of dollars per bottle. However, the estate’s other wines are generally cheaper and prices vary from year to year. For instance, 2010 Bouchard Père & Fils Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru costs $760 per bottle, but the 2005 vintage of the same label is currently selling for significantly less—just $395 per bottle. This is because the 2010 is considered a top-quality young vintage, while the 2005 received slightly lower scores from some critics and is nearing the end of its drinking window.
Many off-vintages and second or third labels taste very complex and in some cases can age for ten to 20 years or more.
You can often find high-quality red Burgundy for a lower price when you select wines from less popular vintages or vineyards. These wines are often much less expensive than the flagship labels but are made using the same quality craftsmanship. These wines don’t always age as long as top vintages or labels, but they can still be smart investments. Many off-vintages and second or third labels taste very complex and in some cases can age for ten to 20 years or more.
To get started, take a look at the list below of the best red Burgundy under $200. Each of these wines received a score of at least 95 points on average from professional wine critics and is generally considered to be great value for the price.
Price (on the Vinfolio marketplace)
|2016 Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru||$155||2025-2040|
|2016 Domaine Trapet Gevrey-Chambertin||$125||2022-2050|
|2015 Domaine Comte Armand Pommard Clos des Epeneaux Premier Cru||$158||2025-2055|
|2015 Domaine Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers Premier Cru||$172||2021-2040|
|2015 Domaine Henri Gouges Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Porrets-Saint-Georges Premier Cru||$120||2025-2050|
|2012 Domaine Lignier-Michelot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru||$185||2020-2030|
|2012 Olivier Bernstein Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers Premier Cru||$199||2020-2035|
|2009 Bouchard Père & Fils Corton Grand Cru||$99||2020-2050|
|2009 Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges Premier Cru||$179||Now-2029|
|1995 Dominique Laurent Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Vaucrains Premier Cru||$99||Drink now-2025|
As you can see, some of these wines have greater aging potential than others. Most of these wines will age for another ten years or more, but a few of them (like 1995 Dominique Laurent Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Vaucrains Premier Cru and 2009 Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Saint-Georges Premier Cru) have less aging potential, as they are already nearing peak maturity. These are good wines to invest in if you want to enjoy your collection soon. Otherwise, you should hold onto the wines in this list until they have had time to develop more complex, mature flavors.
The Best White Burgundy Under $200
It isn’t too difficult to find high-quality Pinot Noir for less than $200 per bottle, however, investing in white Burgundy at this price point is a bit more difficult. That’s because there are fewer grand cru and premier cru vineyards that grow Chardonnay than Pinot Noir. Rarity makes white Burgundy more expensive overall, even when you invest in less popular vintages. Still, some older white Burgundy vintages are quite affordable, and as an added benefit, many are ready to drink now. If you’re looking for younger white Burgundy wines under $200, you’ll have better luck finding bottles from Chablis than from the Côte de Beaune. Here are some of the best Burgundy wines under $200 for white wine enthusiasts.
Price (on the Vinfolio marketplace)
|2017 Domaine Christian Moreau Père Et Fils Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru||$84.15||2020-2038|
|2017 Domaine de L’Arlot Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos de L’Arlot Blanc Premier Cru||$115||2021-2035|
|2016 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru||$104||2020-2034|
|2013 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru||$87||Drink now-2035|
|2011 Louis Jadot Domaine des Héritiers Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru||$130||Drink now-2029|
|2011 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet Les Vergers Premier Cru||$74.99||2020-2030|
|2010 Maison Olivier Leflaive Chassagne-Montrachet Clos Saint-Marc Premier Cru||$100||Drink now-2025|
|2007 Domaine Faiveley Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru||$85||Drink now-2022|
|2005 Maison Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru||$125||2020-2035|
The 2011 Louis Jadot Domaine des Heritiers Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is drinking beautifully now.
The 2005 Maison Louis Latour Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru still needs a bit more time in storage to reach its full potential, so this is an excellent wine to buy if you’re planning a special celebration next year or the year after (such as an anniversary dinner or milestone birthday). The 2011 Louis Jadot Domaine des Heritiers Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru is drinking beautifully now, but you can also choose to age it for another decade or so. If you love powerful white Burgundy from the Côte de Beaune, these are two excellent wines for the price.
How to Build a Top-Quality Burgundy Collection on a Budget
Even if you have thousands of dollars to invest in a Burgundy collection, you may only be able to buy a handful of bottles with this budget if you focus on flagship labels from top vintages. This is why some collectors choose to buy just one or two grand cru wines from top vintages and invest the rest of their budget in less expensive bottles with excellent quality-to-price ratios. Investing in the best Burgundy under $200 also has a benefit in that lesser labels and vintages are generally ready to drink sooner; many collectors drink these less expensive wines while they wait to resell or open their blue-chip bottles. For example, if you have a bottle of 2016 Maison Louis Latour Romanée-Saint-Vivant Les Quatre Journaux Grand Cru (which received perfect scores from some critics), you won’t be able to open this bottle for another few years, at least. In the meantime, you can open another Maison Louis Latour wine from a less-vaunted vintage and vineyard.
Investing in fine Burgundy doesn’t have to put you in the red. The best Burgundy under $200 can be just as complex and delicious as the region’s more expensive labels and will still impress a seasoned wine collector.
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