What makes a wine so expensive?

People often ask, “What makes a wine so expensive?” Whether a consumer thinks $25 is expensive or $125 or $1,250 is expensive there are many factors that go into this. One main driver of cost is location where the grapes were sourced.  Single vineyard wines can demand a higher price tag, and if those vineyards are on premier grape-growing land, that price can skyrocket.
This week, the wine world is abuzz with the devastating storms (specifically hail and subsequent flooding) that hit theBurgundyregion inFrance.  Some villages including Volnay, Pommard, and Meursault sustained such damage that most, if not all, of some producers’ crops are destroyed.  And, a serious hail storm can cause damage to vines in subsequent vintages as well. It is hard to imagine how these vineyard owners must feel when an entire year’s worth of work is destroyed in a 10 minute hail storm; let alone the realization that there will be no income generated from the vineyards. Emotions aside, and back to the wine prices, it is no wonder that certain wine producing regions as a whole garner higher price tags than some others.  This helps explain why it might be difficult to find a good quality, inexpensive wine from a region such asBurgundywhose output quality is highly terroir-driven and susceptible to hail storms.
So, hang on to some of your 2009 and 2010 Burgundies if this is a region you enjoy. Because, after several poor vintages in Burgundy, you may not be able to find any good Pinot Noir or Chardonnay from this region, if you can find any at all.


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