But don’t take our word for it. There was plenty of evidence in last week’s sale at Wide World of Wines on Wisconsin Ave., NW, in Glover Park. The day after we published last Tuesday’s column on Joseph Drouhin Macon-Villages 2009 an email landed in our inbox with the subject line: “75 Different White Burgundies on Sale”. We were tingling with anticipation!
Nine wines with the step up “Meursault Ier Cru” designation start at $40 (down from $80) and go up to $110 (regularly $170). Two chardonnays from Chassagne Montrachet are on sale for only $40 and $50, and five Chassagne Montrachet Ier Cru bottles are only $45 to $70. Puligny Montrachet ranges from $40 to $90 and the Puligny Montrachet Ier Cru cost between $50 and $225 – on sale!
And it only gets better as you browse through the other estates that surround the renowned Montrachet vineyard, which many oenophiles believe produce the finest white wines in the world. Others that have Montrachet in the name include Criots Batard Montrachet ($125 to $150), Batard Montrachet ($200 to $300) and Chevalier Montrachet ($200 to $290). And, of course, the 11 wines on sale from the Montrachet vineyard will set you back $300 to $400, but that’s a steal compared to their regular prices of $400 to $600 a bottle. Yep, that’s just one bottle.
For that price you’d think the bottle would come with the services of a sommelier, not only to open it for you but to serve you a fine French meal that pairs perfectly with it.
We would never contend that a $12 “grocery store” white burgundy tastes every bit as good (though it could to you) or that it has any of the richness and complexity of a $600 bottle of Montrachet. But even at one-third off and $400 a bottle, we seriously doubt that if you tasted them side by side you’d find the Montrachet 33 times better.
That’s why we offer today’s slideshow with representative local prices on the latest vintage of another bargain from the Mâcon-Lugny commune that we featured last year. It’s on sale at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits for less than $10 through next Saturday, even lower than the sale price on the 2008 vintage when we touted it last year (on the heels of Dave McIntyre’s recommendation in the Washington Post).
The major wine publications haven’t reviewed the 2009 vintage, but Michael Edwards writing in the March issue of the UK’s The World of Fine Wine called it, “Good, verging on excellent.” He describes it as, “Green-gold [with] attractive aromas midway between flowers and fruit. Fresh, fine fruit/mineral mouthfeel, fixed with a paperclip of acidity.”
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Let’s see, … we can buy 40 bottles of Maison Louis Latour Mâcon-Lugny 'Les Genièvres' 2009 or … one bottle of Montrachet, on the chance that it may be the best bottle of white wine we’ll ever taste.
No matter how precious, we’d kill the Montrachet in one night. While the three and a half cases of Les Genièvres would keep us in delicious, delicate French chardonnay for a good six months. We’ll give you three guesses which we’d choose.
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