2) what is Dancer's own opinion on aging his wines?
Question 1: Do Dancers' wines age & if so for how long?
This brings us to Bourgogne. Generally speaking, wine labelled as Bourgogne is made from vines that fall into one of two categories. The first category is vines planted in soils / plots which the appellation controée authorities deem sub-standard to village quality Burgundy (it can be a fine line sometimes - as 'Wise Owls' know).
The second category, is young vines planted in village AC soils / plots but bottled as Bourgogne (this is where the 'Wisest Owls' shop)!
Let us consider the first category - 'sub-standard soils'. These vineyard plots, more often than not, border village AC plots. The soil may be poorer, less porous, thinner, have low clay content, too much marl, or any combination of these. In qualitative terms, the difference between these plots and village plots may be small and the resulting wine may well be close in quality to village AC wine. Furthermore, if the vines are old the gap in quality between the Bourgogne and the village AC wine may be very small indeed. This raises the question of value. You may well ask 'how does a customer know what the quality of the soil is'? Indeed, how is any consumer expected to know whether a bottle of Bourgogne might be good value? Or even potentially a disappointing bottle? Read on.