Burgundy has been on a bit of roll as of late, both in the bottle and with consumers, or perhaps I should say collectors. While the Bordeaux bubble of 2011 seemed to have an unusually fine focus on Chateau Lafite and its related properties, the new appeal of Burgundy seems to be much more broad, and for good reason. Consider the fact that Chateau Lafite, Duhart Milon, and Carruades de Lafite together produce some 45,000 to 75,000 cases of wine a year, let’s call it 650,000 bottles for argument’s sake.  Now put that up against the entire production of Grand Cru Burgundy in a typical year, which is roughly 1.5 million bottles. Shift the attention from the former to the latter and you are going to have some very profound effects on both the price and availability of Grand Cru Burgundy!
Of course not all Grand Cru Burgundy is all that good, so the effects on the true top quality wines are even more intense, with ripples being felt right down through the Premier Cru, Village and even Bourgogne levels for the most sought-out producers.  That does not bode well for the average Burgundy consumer, and all of this is underpinned by smaller than average harvests in both 2010 and 2011. You can see where this is going--nowhere but up.

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