Video: Best Burgundy Wines to Start Your Curated Cellar

Pascale Bernasse | Saturday, Oct 15th 2016

Best Burgundy Wines to Buy to Start Your Burgundy Collection Like a Pro

(Transcript for Best Burgundy Wines) Hi, I’m Pascale Bernasse with French Wine Explorers. Our company provides wine tours in France designed exclusively to help wine lovers become connoisseurs. This is the second installment in a series we call Pascale’s Picks where we explore different wine themed topics. And this month we’re exploring, How to Build a Burgundy Wine Cellar.

So you’ve made the leap and you’ve decided that your love of fine wine has evolved into a desire to collect fine wine. Congratulations! This can be a wonderful journey of discovery.

This video post is sponsored by our partner friends Millesima, located in New York. We’ve been working with Millesima for years for our Bordeaux program and they have a wonderful selection of best Burgundy wines.

So where do you start? Do you purchase wines to drink now or should you purchase wines to hold and drink later? And where should you purchase wine; at your local retailer down the street or somewhere else?

I’ve got all the answers to your questions in this video on How to Start a Burgundy Wine Cellar.

We suggest you start with one, two, or perhaps even three cases. You may want to check out our blog post The Essential Guide to Burgundy after this video to reference the appellations and the wines we discuss.

Here we’re going to offer you suggestions for three different cases at three different price points. No matter what you choose, these all represent wonderful values for your Burgundy cellar.

Start with wines to enjoy now and put together a mixed case. This one’s a no brainer.

So let’s start with the village appellation, which is just above the regional appellation and just below Premier Cru.

  • I’d recommend six bottles of Louis Latour Mâcon “Les Genievres,”it’s a refreshing white wine and can be enjoyed throughout the year.
  • And then add six bottles of Louis Latour Marsannay Village, which is a great red wine selection from the village, marking the Burgundy’s Route de Grands Crus.

For your second case, I recommend wines you can drink now and hold and enjoy later. Let’s focus on the whites of the Côtes de Beaune. Let’s discover appellations such as:

  • Puligny-Montrachet
  • Chassagne-Montrachet
  • And Meursault

I suggest you do some research before purchasing your wine. One way you can do so is to study vintage charts which will allow you to see which wines and which vintages are worthy to hold or drink now. An example would be the one that’s released every February from the Wine Enthusiast.

I recommend four of the following Premier Cru whites for your second case of Burgundy. Premier Cru is just above village appellation and just below Grand Cru status. So this could be a sweet spot for best value vs. money invested.

  • For Mersault I suggest Olivier LeFlaive Premier Cru “Les Poruzots”
  • I also recommend Domaine Leflaive : Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru “Clavoillon”
  • And Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey : Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru “Baudines”

Both of these cases offer you wonderful reds and whites at great price points.

Now let’s discover our third case and focus on the Grands Crus. Grands Crus are the pinnacle of wines produced in Burgundy, representing about two percent of total production. So you’re going to pay more, but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts.

Here I’m going to recommend half dozen of superb Burgundies. And please wait for them to mature because the wait will be worth it.

I suggest three Grands Crus:

  • First Domaine Jacques Prieur: Chambertin Grand Cru
  • Then Chateau de La Tour: Clos Vougeot Grand cru “Vieilles Vignes”
  • And Domaine de l’Arlot : Romanee-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru

And then here are four Premier Crus suggestions :

  • Try Nuits St. Georges Premier Cru and there are several producers from this appellation
  • A Faiveley: Pommard Premier Cru “Les Rugiens”
  • And a Bouchard Pere Fils : Beaune Premier Cru “Greves Vigne de L Enfant Jesus”

All of these Burgundy wines can be found at Millesima in New York. You can visit their website at

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