jamie goode's wine blog: Affordable white Burgundy, alternatively closed

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Affordable white Burgundy, alternatively closed

Enjoyed this Bourgogne Blanc, which I also tasted at Drouhin on my visit there in June. Interesting to see that it is closed with an attractive-looking Stelvin Lux. Opened two other Burgundies today from another leading negociant, Louis Jadot - these were both sealed alternatively, too, with Diam 5s.

Joseph Drouhin Laforet Bourgogne Chardonnay 2007
Fine, minerally nose is fruity and quite refined with lovely precision. The palate is fresh and bright with nice acidity and some minerality. An attractove, pure white Burgundy. 89/100 (11.99 Oddbins)

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At 6:37 AM, Blogger HamishWM said...

It has certainly taken many of the French producers a long time to adapt to alternative closures. Bizarre that the UK has found it easier to adapt/change. The perception for many French people is that screw caps are simply very cheap wines.....shall we tell the kiwis?

At 6:47 AM, Blogger billn said...

Only one problem with this - despite the general quality of 07 whites - 12 is simply too expensive for 'bourgogne', somebody is having some 'fun'. Check wine-searcher, the same bottle costs only 5-6 in the US!

At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Bill's right - looks like Oddbins may have changed ownership but markups remain obscene. Not just USA, either. Maybe this is an attempt to counter the perception of screwcaps being cheap? Quel dommage...

At 2:02 PM, Anonymous MichaelB said...

The trouble with wine-searcher is that it is difficult to check the "on the shelf" price of a wine. You usually have to factor in sales tax and delivery (and a minimum purchase). Then there is the "web price" issue where merchants often give lower prices online to appear competitive but if you go to the store for 1 bottle, the price is higher (this price also allows them to factor in in-store case discounts). I assume Oddbins still offer a case discount?

At 5:26 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

It does seem a little expensive -agreed - I don't know how much Oddbins paid - their mark-ups are high but you get 20% off if you buy a mixed case. Still, I'd be happier if this wine was 7.99.

At 7:02 AM, Blogger billn said...

Okay MichaelIB - I'll rephrase: "Check wine-searcher, the same bottle CONSISTENTLY costs only 5-6 (multiple retailers) in the US!"


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