Beautiful Burgundy

Dizzy with desire for fine wine but disorientated by the ever-changing prices of Bordeaux?

Burgundy is an excellent choice if you want dazzling wines but with a little more stability when it comes to prices. With challenging growing conditions and yields down - in some cases by almost half - patience and shopping around for the best quality versus price ratio is key.

Despite an economic slowdown in China last year, the country's ardour for fine wine continues and perennial favourite Bordeaux is facing increasing competition for space on collector’s tables from Burgundy.

Among those in highest demand by disciples of Burgundy are grands crus Chambertin, Musigny and Romanee St Vivant and all wines by Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. The top premier crus are also attracting a strong following in new markets. One for Valentine’s Day is Chambolle "Amoureuses" which means "the lovers". The premier crus offer close to grand cru quality at a more affordable price. Top whites include Batard and Chevalier Montrachet.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Burgundy producers are acquiring land beyond the Cote D'Or. Grower and winemaker Dominique Lafon, Joseph Drouhin and Louis Latour have been busy buying land in the north, with the latter buying land - as far north as Auxois, between Dijon and Chablis.

It is no secret that president of Louis Latour, Louis-Fabrice Latour, wants to produce more Pinot Noir to meet demand for their distinctive red wines.

Increased production of Pinot Noir is the future consideration for some as demand outstrips supply in the third consecutive challenging harvest. A reduction in quantity is sometimes necessary to ensure the quality of the beautiful but notoriously fickle Pinot Noir grape.