My friend and I are taking a day trip to Beaune next month (after about a week in Paris). As my knowledge of Burgundy wines is somewhat limited, I am looking for suggestions on reasonable vintages to try stateside before my trip. I'm just finishing up a 2006 Domaine Rossignol-Trapet that was recommended by my local wine shop. It was surprisingly light and enjoyable. Thanks!
Beaune in October/Prepping my palette
- Reply by schellbe, Sep 6, 2009.
Try more of the 2006, which should be available now in stores. The 2005 is a bigger, riper vinage, but more expensive, and less ready to drink now. Not strictly in the Beaune apellation, but possiblities for 2005 are Rully, Volnay or Cote de Beaune Villages. Cote de Beaune wines are lighter than the Cote de Nuits, and the ones I've mentioned are in the lighter, earlier drinking style.
- Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 6, 2009.
Great recommendations Schellbe.
I would also consider trying many top producers village wines and even straight bourgogne bottlings. These are blended wines, containing fruit from various vineyards, and thus are more readily available and less expensive. They also are intended for earlier consumption so even many 2005s are drinking well.
As far as Burgundy that's available at retail and ready to drink the 2000's were not a great vintage but are drinking well today and are very enjoyable. They are generally a group of fruity wines that lack some structure, so they are less likely to improve with further cellaring than a more typical vintage.
2002 and 2005 are excellent
2006 looks to be almost as good but stylistically a bit more restrained
1999 and 2001 are very good but less consistent
2000 drinking well if on the simple side
2004 can be very fine but many wines taste a bit green
2003 - that torrid year in France, the wines are soft and quite ripe, very atypical
I hope this helps!
- Reply by crksing, Sep 6, 2009.
Thanks for all the great recommendations!
- Reply by Wines Travel, Sep 13, 2009.
Bonjour from Beaune! You should definately consider drinking 2003 for all Village and 1er Cru appellations wines. Yesterday we had a Montrachet 2003 from H. Boillot which was however not ready.
2004s have in general a very good level of acidity. You can enjoy them now.
Contact me when you are in Beaune!