Burgundy Wine


Burgundy is perhaps the most complex and intimidating of French wine regions. It is located in eastern France and stretches from Chablis and Auxerre in the north all the way down to Beaujolais (to be treated separately) in the south. Its climate is continental -- cold winters and hot summers, as well as frequent rain and hail near harvest. The first to begin to recognize and codify the differences between vineyards were the Cistercian monks. They helped give us our notion of terroir. Most of the vineyards belonged to the church and nobility until the French Revolution, when they were redistributed and often split between several proprietors. They were further fragmented because of the inheritance law in the Napoleonic Code, which decreed that vineyards must be split equally among one’s heirs. Thus, today, one can buy several wines from a single vineyard, each from a different producer.

One major aspect of Burgundy’s fascination is that it has few major grape varieties and is rarely Read more »

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Bob Fyke

Brunello, and other Tuscan reds, are home base for me. I enjoy wines from many other regions as well, and love to organize,and participate in, wine themed dinners in NYC. Twitter @brunellobob

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Varietals Produced in Burgundy View all

  • Aligoté

    In North America, Aligoté’s cold-weather tolerance has provided it with homes in Washington State, British Columbia a...

  • Vivant

  • Négrette

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Subregions of Burgundy

  • Beaujolais

    Beaujolais Beaujolais lies roughly in the southeast quarter of France, between Burgundy to...

  • Bourgogne

      Bourgogne AC is Burgundy’s generic appellation. In the Cote d’Or, the flatter, more fertil...

  • Mâconnais

      The Maconnais is the southernmost part of Burgundy, if you don’t count Beaujolais. It is b...

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  • Domaine Louis Max

    Maison Louis Max is in the happy position of possessing a vineyard of more than 130 hectares :Ala...

  • Michel Picard

    Picard Père et Fils is one of the largest wine producers and négociants in Burgundy and, with nea...

  • Château de Chassagne-Montrachet

    We have kept the Peugeot motorcycle which Michel Picard used to travel throughout Burgundy when h...

  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Chanson Père et Fils

    The House was founded in 1750 in the reign of Louis XV by Simon Verry. The Cellars are located in...

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Thanks for the Pinot info JD & GT.  I might just try a few more Pinot's from the Burgundy region of France (it's been a while since I've had some French wine).  We'll be on that Viking River Cruise down the Rhone starting in mid-April, only a few months away - that will give me an opportunity to get the inside scoop on the French wines as we are... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • DAD, it means that the wine isn't very heavy and has a certain quality that ... read into it (see DMcker on Burgundy for that one) can really perceive it.  Right up there with "precise" and "delineated."In other words, a nonsense word.  But very popular. I talked to a guy who insisted that the only meaningful distinction was between red fruits ... Read More

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  •  It's good. I love the color. Deep, rich burgundy red. Hard to see all my fingers through the glass. When I pulled the cork, the first scent was grape (Duh). Like a typical red grape you would get at the grocery store. It has a low aromatic intensity. I wasn't able to pull much out of it aside from ripe strawberry, cranberry and red grape. The l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • If you can find a copy of the Wine Lovers Companion, a nice book small enough ... Noir, say) or the region (Burgundy, where a red is probably made from Pinot Noir), you just look up the word in the main body.  Great book for beginners and pretty much up to wherever wine takes you.  If the term belongs in another section, it refers you there. D... Read More

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  • The nebbiolo was my neighbor's contribution...kept it in the picture as it was the same year and relative level as the burgs. Was a fun little tasting after getting some work in on the volleyball courts earlier in the day, and waiting for my wife and son to get home from the zoo. Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2010, 2012 Burgundy + a quick...

  • So what's with this series of two-burgundies-plus-one-piedmont? Any particular reason for the combos? Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2010, 2012 Burgundy + a quick... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • That flatter(closeder)-at-first phenomenon is something common across most ... ... most ... from the Rhone or Burgundy or Bordeaux or anywhere else--taste it within a few minutes, talk about how basically boring it is and then gravitate towards the CA wines and assign the French to their TN scrapheap. And why I don't tend to lend much credenc... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Did I mention that Northern... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • I liked your post Zuf until you proposed I start drinking Southern Rhone instead of red Burgundy, yikes!Love my red burgs, and trust me, I'm not making this up!Do need to buy more good N. Rhone though. Champagne, as noted elsewhere is also starting to pull at me a bit more than it used to.Good point about DRC? Fox. I remember James Hall telling ... Read More

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  • But comrades, the northern Rhone has always been very good as many of you ... ... ... style).  As for Burgundy, well, that is all about Pinot Noir.  You can blame a certain 15th Century Duke for some of the excesses there - where other grape varieties might have been better suited to certain sub-regions of this rather cool growing area.  Howe... Read More

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  • Burgundy is Bordeaux demand x 2 with 1/4 of the production, mas o menos.Everything's getting expensive Fox!Gotta save those pennies amid all the spending. Read More

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  • DUJAC CLOS DENIS '05 SERIOUSLY INTENSE Heavily Blackcherried, herby,firm and authoratative, but never coarse and over-rustic. A SMOKY DREAM WITH JUICY OUTCOME!!! Quite satisfying to a sophisticated palate!

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  • A Big week ahead of us in Burgundy: HARVEST! I uploaded a couple of pictures taken Sunday Sept. 14 in Clos Vougeot and Gevrey Chambertin areas. Enjoy!

    Comment by 254394Wines Travel 254394 Wines Travel

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