Matt Walker

Location: Northridge, CA

I am a Certified Specialist of Wine and uncertified Wine Geek! As a Snoother, I hope to raise awareness for smaller, lesser-known but quality driver producers. Major regions I specialize in include Washington, California, Tuscany, Bordeaux, and the Douro

Bourgogne, I Hardly Know Ya!

Burgundy may be one of the most daunting wine regions to break into for winos at any experience levels. Grand Crus and Premier Crus; vineyards within villages within regions all with names you can't even pronounce.  

I suppose my point is that Burgundy is a scary place.  I still have nightmares about it.  BUT, if you're brave enough to go exploring, taste, read up a bit on everything I just mentioned you'll have a working understanding in no time and you'll be experiencing some of the most nuanced and expressive wines this planet has to offer.  

I'll start you off with this overarching truth about Burgundy:  There is arguably no other place in the wine world more obsessed with terroir (the expression of the place the grapes come from in a wine) than Burgundy.  Here, it's all about the land not about the people.

 The wines in this list are a few wines I've had recently that I very much enjoyed and I think will make good intros to what Burgundy is all about flavor-wise at multiple quality levels.  

4. Bourgogne Pinot Noir "Le Renard" Château de Chamirey (2009)

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Mercury is one of the great unsung hero's of Burgundy. It sports a handful of Premier Crus such as Les Reulles (a monopole) and when in the hands of a great producer like Chamirey or Faivley, it makes wines of supreme value. As the nose opens up after a little air you're greeted by plums and cherries with hints of earthiness creeping in. Those same flavors continue on the palette with a bit of tar and spice added in. Good balance and a very versatile wine for your meal pairing needs. Grilled Salmon anyone?
 
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