The United States is arguably the best place in the world right now to buy and drink the great wines of Burgundy— many would even say surpassing the region of Burgundy itself. The following restaurants, retailers and auction houses are some of the absolute top sources for the wines that everyone wants to buy.—Megan Krigbaum
Cru, New York City With more than 2,000 Burgundies in its cellar, Cru can lay claim to one of the largest Burgundy collections of any restaurant in the country. The Burg bias begins with charismatic wine director and co-owner Robert Bohr, who admits that three out of every four bottles that he opens for himself are Burgundies. The restaurant's selection ranges from the legendary 1985 Henri Jayer Richebourg ($15,000) to a vertical of Denis Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin (1985 to 2003). 24 Fifth Ave.; 212-529-1700 or cru-nyc.com.
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The Little Nell, Aspen Wine director Richard Betts is likely to suggest something from his substantial (25-page) list of Burgundies because, as he says, "my palate compass points to Burgundy." The evidence of his attraction includes a vertical of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Le Montrachet (nine vintages, at prices ranging from $2,000 to $5,000), as well as more affordable bottlings, such as the 2004 Dujac Chambolle-Musigny Village ($52). 675 E. Durant Ave.; 970-920-4600 or thelittlenell.com.