Everyone seems to be raising their prices these days, but the Burgundians have been doing it since before it was cool. It’s hard to blame them – tiny vintages, pricier equipment, and a shortage of labor all contribute to rising costs. At the same time, demand and quality have never been higher.
Which makes the humble Bourgogne rouge from Domaine Ravaut all the more striking. Particularly in 2020, when each bottle of Burgundy seems to contain two bottles-worth of flavor, this wine is an outstanding value. It’s priced to enjoy on a weeknight, but delicious enough for a Sunday afternoon roast chicken.
Vincent Ravaut is a fourth generation winemaker in Ladoix, a town in the less famous stretch between the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. The Ravauts craft delicious, well-priced cuvées (white and red) from humble appellations. The Wine Advocate’s William Kelley calls them “hearty, characterful wines with plenty of stuffing.”
Ravaut’s 2020 Bourgogne rouge is intensely red-fruited, with notes of wild cherries and currants. The mouth is packed with flavor – juicy ripe tannins, plum and cassis notes, and 2020’s signature pitch perfect freshness. If you (like we) are constantly in search of an everyday red Burgundy for your cellar, your quest ends today.
Ravaut Bourgogne rouge 2020
bottle price: $29