In the world of wine all roads lead to Burgundy or Barolo, or so they say.  Some even say all roads lead to Burgundy.  I don’t usually like it when I am “supposed” (air quotes) to like something.  Like my wine destiny has been mapped out for me?  How predictable.  So me and my wine tasting buddy Aaron decided to put the maxims about Burgundy to the test.  Both the Burg and the Barolo had some nice bottle age, and both were from the respectable 1996 vintage.  The stage was set and it seemed like a fair fight.

Domaine Robert Chevillon 1996 Nuits Saint George – Le Saint George

The killer nose grabs you right away with this wine.  Sour cherries, Big Red cinnamon gum, peppery earth, and smoke dominate the palate.  The mouth feel is very smooth and round with light tannins still intact.  Garnet color starting to slip to some brownish hues.  The nose is intoxicating and it is lovely to keep sniffing the wine.  But maybe doesn’t quite deliver as much as it promises on the nose once on the palate.  None the less, probably the best bottle of Burgundy I have tasted, certainly the most aged.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Oddero 1996 Barolo – Mondoca di Bussia Soprana

Garnet/Brown in color also, the Oddero falls even more on the earthier side than the Burgundy.  A complex mix of beef jerky, roasted tomatoes, dark chocolate with smoked sea salt, black cherries, anise spice, and cured olives.  The acidity is still very nice here suggesting it will continue to age very well.  Very intriguing stuff.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – CLASSIC

In all fairness these wines were both excellent.  I am giving a slight edge to the Oddero Barolo, and maybe it’s just because I have tasted a lot of Barolo and this is what I am more familiar with?  But really it is splitting hairs.  There was a great complexity on the nose of both wines, and they were not dissimilar, maybe more like cousins rather than brothers or sisters.  One other big factor here to consider is that the Burgundy rolls in at about $140 (good Burgundy usually means big bucks), the Barolo, less than half that.  Although Barolo can get expensive too, there are many great bottles available starting at around $40.  This one climbed a little higher but it was from 1996 so we are talking about a 15 year old wine here.  We had been thinking about pitting Burgundy and Barolo against each other for some time, and we were really not sure what was going to be the outcome.  In the showdown between Burgundy and Barolo there really were no losers…