I consider myself a wine enthusiast… I’ve tried a variety of top shelf red, whites, rosés and everything in-between. I have a well-stocked cellar and I take my VinGardeValise® wine travel case with me wherever I go, just in case. But now there’s one more thing to add to my wine bucket list: trying some of the world’s most expensive wines!
A rare Burgundy has been named the world’s most expensive wine at an average price of about €15,000 (roughly $16,000 USD) for a 750ml bottle. The expensive wine in question is the 1985 Richebourg Grand Cru, from the Côtes de Nuit range, created by Henri Jayer, who is often credited as one of the most significant winemakers of Burgundy of the 1970s - 1980s.
WineSearcher released its annual list of the world’s most expensive wines, and Burgundy’s took the top three spots on the list (Romanee-Conti, Burgundy’s most famous fine wine, took second place at €12,141 ($13,314 USD) and another Henri Jayer wine, the Cros-Parantoux, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru took third place, at $8,832 a bottle. Burgundy wines were the most prominent wines featured on the list, accounting for 40 out of 50 wines on the list.
While I am a big fan of wines from the region of Burgundy, and I’d even trust the VinGardeValise® wine bottle carrier to securely carry any of the above listed wines, they are still just a bit too pricey for me, so I don’t expect those bottles to find spots in my wine suitcase any time soon, though I would jump at the opportunity to taste them! That being said, here are a few tasty, more affordable Burgundy’s I recommend adding to your collection, or taking with you in your VinGardeValise® wine carrying case for your next get-together:
- 2012 Domaine Elise Villiers “Le Clos” (chardonnay) from Vézelay, Burgundy, $27.99. Lightly oaked, but with an elegant fruit flavor balanced well with minerality and acidity.
- 2013 Vincent Dancer Tete du Clos (Chassagne Montrachet) $195 While this is one of the pricier bottles to pack away in your wine carrier, when it comes to Burgundy, the wines of Vincent Dancer are not to be missed. This beautifully crafted Chassagne Montrachet is fermented and matured in 25% new wood, and has a wonderful mineral-laden mouthfeel and structure.
- 2014 Coteaux Bourguignons Henry Fessy $14 The fruit of this wine is invigorating, featuring flavors of red currants and cherries with an extra hint of spice that adds nuance. This is an excellent summer wine that I recommend chilling before serving.
- 2013 Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages, $12 Another Burgundy I recommend chilling, this wine is crisp, fruit-forward and juicy with flavors of ripe berries.
- 2007 Gabriel d’Ardhuy, Bourgogne Blanc, $19.95 An unoaked, crisp wine with flavors of quince, pear, grapefruit and green apple.
- 2005 Chorey Les Beaune Domaine Michel Gay, $25 Nicely layered wine with flavors of ripe black fruit, earthy, forest notes, and silky tannins.
These wines from Burgundy are delicious, but won’t break the bank, and they’ll fit perfectly in your VinGardeValise® wine travel carrier. After enjoying these wines, you’ll soon see why Burgundy’s are often some of the most sought-after wines on the market!