SOURCE: Burgundy Wine Council

January 28, 2008 12:08 ET

"Burgundy Best Buys" Break Down the Price Barrier

Panel Predicts Wide Audience for 20 Standout Labels Priced Just Right

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 28, 2008) - While it's no secret Burgundy is renowned for producing world-class wines, what often goes unmentioned is the standard of consistent quality the region offers up and down the pricing spectrum. However, for the fourth consecutive year, an expert panel is helping to make that case by highlighting the very best Burgundy deals that truly achieve a superlative balance of quality and value with the "Burgundy Best Buys." The 20 selections making the cut this year -- split evenly between reds and whites -- all represent the best attributes of the 2005 and 2006 vintages, yet all retail between $15 and $35. These "Burgundy Best Buys" offer newcomers and Burgundy enthusiasts alike the opportunity to savor some of the region's best efforts while staying within an affordable price range.

The jury of esteemed wine experts selecting the 2008 "Burgundy Best Buys" included: Bernard Sun, Burgundy spokesperson and Corporate Beverage Director for the Jean-Georges Restaurant Group; Patrick Comiskey, Wine & Spirits; Linda Murphy, Decanter and Jancis Robinson; and Paul Gregutt, Seattle Times.

"The beauty of the 'Burgundy Best Buys' is that they allow a prestigious region a chance to connect with a larger audience, and give consumers a variety of high-quality options in an affordable price range," says Sun. "Burgundy's signature Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes really excelled in the 2005 and 2006 vintages," adds Comiskey, "and that quality clearly extended from top Cru wines down to the regional appellation level."

The accessible pricing of these selections means Burgundy wines can be enjoyed every day -- not just on special occasions -- paving the way for perfect food pairings like Chablis and sushi or a Burgundy Pinot Noir and roast chicken, among others. Keep in mind, the "Burgundy Best Buys" are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to great price-for-quality wines from this celebrated region. With the stellar 2006 vintage hitting the market shortly and 2007's promising wines waiting in the wings, consumers will have even more chances to explore the wines that have made the Burgundy region a household name.

                             2008 "BURGUNDY BEST BUYS"

Whites ($15 - $24.99):
Crémant de Bourgogne, 2004, Dufouleur Père & Fils
(Chateau St. Martin)                                                 $15.99

Bourgogne Chardonnay, 2005, Maison Louis Jadot
(Kobrand Corporation)                                                $17.00

Chablis, 2006, Domaine Christian Moreau Père & Fils
(Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd.)                                     $22.99

Pouilly Fuissé, 2006, Labouré Roi (Palm Bay International)           $17.99


Whites ($25 - $35):
Bourgogne Chardonnay, 2006, Domaine Pernot et ses Fils,
Domaines et Saveurs Collection (Domaines et Saveurs Collection)      $30.00

Viré Clessé, Vieilles Vignes, 2006, Domaine des Chazelles,
Domaines et Saveurs Collection (Domaines et Saveurs Collection)      $30.00

Saint-Aubin 1er Cru, Le Sentier du Clou, 2006, Domaine Sylvain
Langoureau,Domaines et Saveurs Collection
(Domaines et Saveurs Collection)                                     $35.00

Mercurey, 2005, Château de Chamirey
(Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd.)                                     $33.99

Chablis 1er Cru, La Singulière, 2005, La Chablisienne
(Gemini Spirits & Wine)                                              $27.99

Saint-Aubin 1er Cru, Le Charmois, 2005, Champy (Champy)              $25.00


Reds ($15 - $24.99):
Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2005, Chanson Père & Fils
(Terlato Wines International)                                        $21.00

Bourgogne, Emotion de Terroirs Pinot Noir, 2005, Vincent Girardin
(Vineyard Brands, Inc.)                                              $21.99

Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Vieilles Vignes, 2005, Maison Albert Bichot
(Maison Albert Bichot)                                               $17.00

Mercurey, Domaine de la Croix Jacquelet, 2005, Maison Faiveley
(Wilson Daniels, Ltd.)                                               $23.00


Reds ($25 - $35):
Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2005, Domaine Dominique Gallois,
Domaines et Saveurs Collection (Domaine et Saveurs Collection)       $32.00

Côtes de Nuits-Villages, Vieilles Vignes, 2005, Nicolas Potel
(Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd.)                                     $29.99

Mercurey, 2005, Château de Chamirey
(Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd.)                                     $33.99

Beaune du Château 1er Cru, 2005, Bouchard Père et Fils
(Henriot, Inc.)                                                      $34.00

Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru, Les Fichots, 2005, Champy (Champy)      $25.00

Beaune 1er Cru, Aux Cras, 2005, Champy (Champy)                      $35.00

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