Looking for Burgundy in Chicago, <$25
Dear Chicago Chowhounds:
I've searched the boards for this, and haven't had any luck, so I thought I would just ask: can anyone recommend a decent, cheapish Burgundy (think $25 and under) for sale at a major Chicago liquor store (Binny's ideally, maybe Sam's?) I've not had any luck in this regard, but I'm sure I don't know where and what to look for.
There are many Burgundies out there, so it depends on what you want. Wine Discount Center has a Morgon and a Gevrey Chambertin that are good and under $25. (They don't have a complete list on the website, but they were there two weeks ago.) Or their current flyer has a Chirouble for under $20 (never had it) and they have a couple other burgundies. I think WDC has generally good wines and the best prices in town, comparable to the case price at Binny's or Sam's. They also have good staff. Their selection is smaller than Sam's or Binny's, but if I had to go to one place I would go there. Describe what you want and they will point you to a couple of items that you will like.
Sam's and Binny's both have large selections, but I am less familiar with what they carry. They have some Morgons, Brouillys etc. that would certainly fit your budget. I find the advice of their staff less in line with my tastes, so I don't go there often.
When I think Burgundy I think Pinot Noir, not the Gamay grape that's in the Beaujolaises (sp?) of Morgan, Brouilly or Chirouble. Is this what you're thinking? Certainly they're in the Burgundy region and I think there are many excellent examples, but when I hear Burgundy it's not what comes to mind.
It would help if the OP would clarify what they are looking for.
If you mean a Pinot Noir from the Burgundy region you can usually find a Louis Jadot
Bourgogne for that price point. The 2005 got a 86 points from WS with these notes:
"Beefy, this red boasts cherry, spice and leather notes. The tannins are firm, but in the end they seem balanced with the fruit. Moderate length. Drink now through 2011. 100,000 cases made."
It's on Binney's website for $18.