CHEAP ALTERNATIVES – Great BANG for the BUCK Wines

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I have talked about the following wines in this Video:

2017 Chateau de Rieussec Carmes de Rieussec Bordeaux France – 25 US $
2020 Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay Auckland New Zealand – 30 US $
2019 Kumeu River Maté’s Vineyard Chardonnay Auckland New Zealand – 55 US $
2020 Michelini i Mufatto Mendoza Balsa de Piedra Red Blend Valle de Uco Argentina – 19 US $
2017 Raventos I Blanc De la Finca Brut Nature Catalonia Spain – 24 US $
2020 Domaines Chermette Moulin a Vent Les Trois Roches Beaujolais France – 23 US $
2017 Foundi Estate Estate Red Xinomavro Naoussa Greece – 14 US $

The 100 Point Scoring System (from www.robertparker.com):
96-100: An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase and consume.
90 – 95: An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.
80 – 89: A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor as well as character with no noticeable flaws.
70 – 79: An average wine with little distinction except that it is a soundly made. In essence, a straightforward, innocuous wine.
60 – 69: A below average wine containing noticeable deficiencies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavor or possibly dirty aromas or flavors.
50 – 59: A wine deemed to be unacceptable.

To give you a little bit of context let’s first talk about wine prices
Wine is one of the very few products that have an enormous price range. You can buy fermented grape juice for one Dollar or, essentially a bottle of the same product for hundreds of thousands of Dollars.
Granted, these expensive wines are often old and have a special story attached to them, but they are also “just” fermented grape juice.
If you pay a little more money for a bottle of wine the winemaker generally has more money at her or his disposal to make better wine, improve the practices in the vineyard and maybe expand their business.
But there is a point when the correlation between price and quality gets very loose.
So when the connection between the price and quality loosens, it is most of the time because of the demand for a wine. Many top-quality wines are from a specific vineyard and you cannot grow the production depending on demand. So, if a limited amount of wine achieves a very high level of demand the price might skyrocket. I am going to give you alternatives today – wines that do not yet see high demand and therefore offer great bang for the buck.
The first way to save money is to go for the less famous neighbor. If you like a specific style of an iconic wine it might make sense to buy a bottle of wine from the neighborhood. Especially if it was made in a better vintage.
For example, Chateau Yquem is one of the most famous estates in the world. 2018 currently retails for 200 US$ for half a bottle and it was rated 93 points by Vinous – granted other publications have scored it higher.

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