Lovers of red burgundy are increasingly frustrated by the scarcity and eyewatering pricing of the wines. There is no doubt that Burgundy produces some of the most magical and sought-after wines in the world, but as wine standards rise around the global, it’s time to cast the net a bit wider for wine lovers.
There are number of alternative quality sources for the Pinot Noir grape, and wines from other grapes that have some of the magic of great red burgundy. We’ve pulled together some examples of great wines in a red burgundy style at much more attractive price points.
Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir), Pfalz, Germany
German Pinot Noir (sorry, Spätburgunder) gets better and better – time to give it a try before it follows Burgundy’s upward trajectory
Villa Wolf, Pinot Noir, Pfalz, Germany £13.99 - Modern Pfalz Pinot Noir from one of Germany's wine greats, Ernst Loosen
Siegrist Pinot Noir Pfalz, Germany £16.49 - Superb Pinot Noir from the famous Pfalz estate of Siegrist
Mencia, Bierzo, Spain
Located in the North West of Spain, part of Castilla y Leon, twenty years ago this region’s wines were largely moribund, producing light characterless wines for local consumption. A group of young winemakers revived the regions fortunes, focusing their reds on the qualities of its major red grape variety; Mencia, producing crunchy Pinot Noir-like wines capable of intense fruit and depth
Bodegas y Viñedos Merayo, La Tres Filas Mencia, DO Bierzo, Spain - Powerful old vine Mencia, spicy and full flavoured that would go well with grilled meats. Decanter - Highly Recommended 90/100 (March 2019)
Xinomavro, Naoussa, Greece
Sometimes called the ‘Barolo of Greece’, Xinomavro wines particularly from the Naoussa and Amyndeo denominations in Macedonia share a number of characteristics with fine Pinot Noir. The wines have the structure and power to age well.
Thymiopoulos Jeunes Vignes de Xinomavro, Naoussa, Macedonia, Greece £15.79 - One of Decanter’s ‘Most Exciting Wines of 2018' - deep and rich Xinomavro
Thymiopoulos, Earth and Sky, Naoussa, Macedonia, Greece £26.99 - Gorgeous bouquet of fragrant wild red fruits, pomegranate, seductively sweet but structured palate reminiscent of Côte de Nuits Burgundy
Pinot Noir, Romania
Lying on the same latitude as France (though with a more continental climate), Romania has a greater area under vineyard than any other in eastern Europe. With the potential to produce fine wines, Romania is already producing excellent examples of international varietals at keen prices
Paparuda, Cramele Recas, Pinot Noir, Recas, Romania £7.49 - Moreish Pinot Noir, with great fruit and lovely red berry aromas. Tremendous value. Tim Atkin “Quite simply, this is the best cheap example of the grape in the world..."
Alamina, Pinot Noir, Viile Timisului, Romania - Case of 6 £55.00 - Affordable Pinot Noir with finesse and character. Jancis Robinson 16/20, The Drinks Business Pinot Noir Masters 2018 - Silver (Category - Under £10)
A cross between Blaufränkisch and St Laurent, Zweigelt has become Austria’s most planted variety, producing aromatic, subtle and velvety wines
Gruber Röschitz, Zweigelt Klassik, Austria £12.99 - Velvety and aromatic red from Austria's Zweigelt grape, with subtle dark fruit notes
If it has to be Burgundy…
Domaine Roger Belland, Santenay Gravières 1er Cru Rouge, Burgundy, France £34.99 - Superb Red Burgundy from the brilliant Roger Belland, Alan Meadows (Burghound) 90/100
Mixed Case Offer – Red Burgundy Alternatives Case – A selection of the wines highlighted above at a 10% discount!