Last night I enjoyed another beautiful 2005 Burgundy. Almost everything I've had for the vintage, from simple bourgogne to grand cru's (although far less accessible right now), have been stupendous. I'm obviously not saying anything that hasn't already been said about 05. Most people are calling it one of the best vintages in the last 100 years. The really enjoyable thing about this vintage is that there's a ton of great wine, that will undoubtedly age amazingly, at bargain prices. It's hard to fathom that with the shrunken dollar, increased demand for Burgundy and a stellar vintage, that there would be bargains. Try to find pinots from anywhere else in the world that match 05 burgs for under $40. Exhibit A. The 2005 Michel Sarrazin Givry "Sous la Roche" possessed lots of the things that make 05 so special. For one, the wine has an amazing structure and fruit balance for a simple Village level wine. These two things were interwoven in a taut and elegant package. The first 30 minutes after opening, the wine seemed coiled and vibrant. Not coiled as in tight, but coiled as in ready to pounce. Exhilarating. An hour and a half later, the flavors were starting to unwind and lengthen a little bit more but there was obviously still much more hiding. It hinted at a promising future. The firm acidity should be a great backbone for aging. The cost? $18 at Whole Foods.