As we heard towards the release of our Burgundy 2012 Primeur Offer, a lot of the talk is of price increases by many of the producers to combat the third successive small crop. However, in this context, many of the increases are understandable as producers have effectively lost the equivalent of one whole vintage out of the last three.
Reputation costs extra as well - and is of course well earned. But there are many unsung producers offering great wines at very reasonable prices. Respected wine writer and critic, Bill Nanson, recently published his "10 Best Unsung Burgundy Producers" in an article for Wine Searcher.
At No. 1 is our friend from Gevrey Chambertin, Damien Livera. We have been working with him exclusively since the 2008 vintage and have been praising his wines. Bill writes:
Number 1. Domaine des Tilleuls is run by the Livera family of Gevrey-Chambertin. Damien
Livera took over from his father, Philippe, and is making dark, concentrated,
but brilliantly balanced Côte
de Nuits Villages, village Gevrey-Chambertins and even a little Chapelle-Chambertin
Grand Cru. It's such a shame that there is so little of that latter wine.
Damien is quietly spoken, a little shy even, but his wines are packed full of
personality. Factoring in cost, his 2010 Côte de Nuits Villages was one of the
best wines of the vintage.
We have a small amount of his 2010 Cotes de Nuits Villages left, along with his stunning 2010 Gevrey Chambertin "Clos Village"
If you are looking for any other tips, the full article is here: Wine Searcher - The 10 Best Unsung Burgundy Producers