Burgundy why bother ?

I'd say I taste more German Spätburgunder than almost anyone else on this forum. There are some very, very good producers and many of the others are now learning that extraction, oak, and alcohol are not what Pinot Noir is all about. So lots of hope for the future.

At the low-end of prices, there can be some remarkable-value negociant Pinot Noirs from the likes of J. L. Wolf and Valckenberg (˜$12-15 in the U.S.).

A step above, there are also very good values from some of the best producers.

But at the upper end, it becomes tougher. Fürst and Huber right now are my top two (with a good number not far behind), and they straddle top premier cru/grand cru for Burgundy. Although their prices may seem high for non-Burgundy Pinot Noir, compared to Burgundy, the prices are just (although smart buyers can still find very good values from Burgundy from less familiar names and appellations). But not screaming values.

But the very greatest Burgundy experiences -- I've yet to have an equivalent German Spätburgunder.
A timely article by HRH in FT/ on her site, today.
I like the Julg 'R'. I don't really 'need' more than half a dozen or so of these a year so haven't explored much more than that!

It's under £20 and light on oak, most of the vineyards are actually in France.
A timely article by HRH in FT/ on her site, today.

Thanks for pointing this out Mark, interesting read. The point about dryness in the article struck a chord, perhaps it is a vintage thing...
Maybe that is why the wines seemed lacking a little joie de vivre? (or should that be Lebensfreude) :)
Still, given the title of this thread and the prices for those German Pinots, it seems I'll keep bothering....