Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the two grapes that respond particularly well to these conditions. Together they comprise 82 percent of the grapes grown here. Aligoté, Pinot Blanc and Gamay are among the others.
The resulting style of Burgundian wine tends to show:
-Pale to moderate color for Pinot Noir
-A pleasantly tugging texture and very little viscosity
-Savoriness and intense minerality
-Moderate ripeness levels, sometimes weaving in herbal notes
-Medium plus to high acidity, often mouth-watering
-Moderate alcohol, with some top wines registering at moderate plus
-Structuring, lightly drying tannins for Pinot Noir
-Increasing layers of smells and flavors and longer finishes as the quality scale crescendoes
Well, that’s the end of the Down-and-Dirty Burgundy reference. Check back in a few weeks to discover six villages you should be putting in your glass and why!