6 Villages of Burgundy

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Marsannay

At the northern tip of the Côte d’Or sits Marsannay. Marsannay produces predominantly red and rosé with a smidgen of white. I find the reds the most enticing. Marsannay rouges sport an appealing rustic side – earthy and gamey – supplemented by a juicy mid-palate. They’re loaded with color, often purple-hued.

Sylvain Pataille Marsannay l’Ancestrale 2010

Mineral, floral and exuberantly youthful, l’Ancestrale shows lighter fruit flavors of yellow plum and red raspberry. The wine’s nervous acidity and slightly coarse tannins make the palate feel tight-knit, but this is balanced nicely with a lovely vinosity. Spice undertones appear on the short-plus finish. Produced from vines averaging 80 years in age.

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  • Snooth User: badbobby
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    nice article

    Jun 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM


  • Snooth User: Christy Canterbury MW
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    Thanks! Santé!

    Jun 27, 2012 at 1:25 PM


  • Thanks for offering a tour of the lesser-known villages! I'll look for these wines!

    Jun 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM


  • Snooth User: winedogs
    478829 8

    prices (range, at least) would be helpful. Nice article.

    Jun 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM


  • There's also the reds of Irancy, a small AC southwest of Chablis, producing nice light slightly acidic reds, that age remarklebly well

    Jun 28, 2012 at 6:58 AM


  • Snooth User: ps
    70694 347

    Beautiful photos. I hope the old wine regions of the world always stay the same.

    Jun 28, 2012 at 7:21 AM


  • Having traveled to the region, I would also add a few more Cote de Chalon regions. We found Rully in particular a delight to visit. Picamelot Cremant de Bourgogne especially delightful.

    Jun 28, 2012 at 7:31 AM


  • Snooth User: Oude Singel 160
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    Thanks for this nice overview, but I do miss Santenay, its white and its red!!

    Jun 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM


  • Snooth User: mfurrer
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    bravo. could not agree more on the "en remilly" of hubert lamy. our family's favourite white burgundy that is still half-way affordable. cheers

    Jun 29, 2012 at 6:47 AM


  • We sampled some Irancy a couple of years ago, and I agree it's light, slightly acidic and we still have a bottle in the wine cooler. Santenay has been a favorite as well--a little more full-bodied than Irancy with some of the richness of more expensive Burgundies.

    Jun 29, 2012 at 12:28 PM


  • Outstanding piece of work, You can't cover Burgundy in one article and some of the lesser known (and there are many) villages was given due tribute. Santé!

    Jun 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM


  • Snooth User: duncan 906
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    Another interesting article on the world's best wine region.A while ago I had a Givry premier cru by Vincent LOump which was gorgeous

    Jun 29, 2012 at 6:34 PM


  • Snooth User: Christy Canterbury MW
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    Thanks for all the commentary! Wish I could cover more than 6 villages but.... Yes, Irancy, Santenay, Rully, Givry...so many other villages can make super, too.

    With regard to pricing, just click on the wines i mentioned to get an idea. Prices always range by producer and specific wine, of course!

    Jun 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM


  • Interesting article, informative. My only regret is the photo of vineyards is redundant, it would have been nice to see photos of the villages and perhaps a locator map.

    Jun 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM


  • Just wrapped up a tour of this region and both tasted and purchased some wonderful reds and whites! The problem now is getting them home with me! I'm still in Germany, having left Macon, yesterday with the car loaded.

    Jul 02, 2012 at 3:27 PM


  • Snooth User: Pfificus
    600233 29

    Bravo for such an informative gathering about a very complex region!
    I also would have appreciated a few locator maps. Volnay: be aware that there are a lot of differences between wines coming from vineyards being a few hundred yards apart, especially between the bottom, the mid section and the top of hills.

    Aug 14, 2012 at 4:54 PM


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