For a Burgundy collector, the sub-$30 Bourgogne is an elusive. Bourgogne-level wines of both colors from famous names now push past $50 per bottle. Modern winemaking and excellent recent vintages, mean many of these wines are worth it – but they’re a bit more of an investment than they used to be.
Gérard Thomas’s Bourgogne blanc remains among the mainstays of our Burgundy collection. And at $28 the terrific 2017 Bourgogne still makes it in under $30. But we recently brought in a few cases of the 2014 Bourgogne in our offsite warehouse, and last night opened a bottle to check in.
Given the time that Bourgogne-level wine is rarely afforded, this wine has blossomed into an exquisite white Burgundy, easily worthy of a $30+ price tag. At $25, it’s a screaming bargain.
Thomas’s 2014s arrived a few years ago with beautiful textures and no small amount of acidity. That freshness has sustained this wine over the last four years, and today it’s punching far above its weight. The nose shows notes of golden straw, with hazelnut, lemon peel, and time-worn mahogany. The mouth has excellent freshness, and shows round dried fruits, a firm core, and a pleasant finish.
White Burgundy often benefits from a few years in the bottle, but ageworthy cuvées are often pricey. Here’s a $25 Bourgogne with the complexity of village-level White Burgundy. We didn’t intend to age this wine an extra few years, but we’re pleased to share this happy accident with you.
Thomas Bourgogne blanc 2014
bottle price: $25
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