New York Times Tasting Panel Picks Burgundian Bargains

As Pinot Prices Soar Côte Chalonnaise Represents Remarkable Value

Eric Asimov, the New York Times' wine writer was joined by a panel of experts to taste through a selection of wines from the Côte Chalonnaise. Pointing toward rising prices and decreased production, Asimov laments "recent years have been grim for red Burgundy lovers," and goes on to conclude that even entry level offerings from the Côte d'Or have become too expensive. For Asimov and the Times' Tasting Panel there is an affordable light at the end of the tunnel, just south of the Côte d'Or in the Côte Chalonnaise. The Panel's top picks were already sold out before the article went to print, but Empire Wine has their third and fourth in stock. "We also very much enjoyed the savory, complex Les Grands Prétans, a premier cru Givry from Domaine Besson; the dense and spicy Les Champs Martins, a premier cru Mercurey from Domaine Michel Juillot, another top name," says Asimov. Both wines are available in limited quantities at the lowest prices around.
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