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 Visit my blog at Brunellobob.blogspot.com

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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...

  • Négrette

  • Vivant

  • 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...

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

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...

Popular Wineries in Burgundy View all

  • Domaine Louis Max

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

  • Domaine Parent

    Domaine PARENT based in Pommard (Burgundy, France) was founded in 1803. Today it is headed by two...

  • Louis Latour

    The Latours have been vintners in Burgundy since the 17th century, slowly building a unique Do...

  • Labouré-Roi

    The House of Laboure-Roi dates back to 1832, when it was founded in the town of Nuits-Saint-Georg...

  • Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret

    The village of Vosne Romanée entered in the Burgundy history in 636. Il was at the beginning of t...

  • Charles de Valliere

    Famous domain "Charles de Valliere" based in Pommard, Burgundy. Family owned and runned busi...

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Well kept over the past 10 years, I chalked it up to the old Faiveley labels, they don't seem to hold up very well even in the hands of the best collectors. Also possible the wine was stored on racks, and moved several times over the course of its life at Faiveley. One careless removal from a wine rack will do it to an old, thin label. Read More

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  • I heard the 66' Faiveley was direct from Faiveley's cellar about 10 years ago, and that's when these collectors grabbed it. I imagine the same for the 66' Leroy. They sure tasted like well kept bottles, and I do see offers for old Faiveley and Leroy through the same retailer/importer we all like to buy from, Envoyer, out of Lake Forest, CA. They... Read More

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  • I would serve a Burgundy with game Read More

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  • You shoot it yourself?How prepared?Have had with claret and burgundy (red and white) and German riesling and champers and Loire reds and whites and Rhone reds (more C9dP then further north) successfully. No reason why some Italians wouldn't work, too. Don't usually want too much tannin or oak with the reds.Sauce? Read More

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  • So where was the Faiveley stored the last 10 years for its label to get like that? Doubtful it looked that way ex-winery.Leaves all turned in Wisconsin, I imagine. Maybe already snow further north? Love that area with the green in the summer.Regarding that 'slight' historical tangent, I had noted when the Coulee was planted, and started ruminati... Read More

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  • Yes, that was me on the Montecristo...went down much better than the ... red ... red burgs on the Facebook Burgundy group and heard from Erwan of Faiveley, who never got a chance to try the 66' Beze crafted by his grandfather, but he really appreciated my thoughts on the wine, consistent with what he's heard I imagine.As to the '85 Musigny, I'... Read More

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  • Poema Brut Cava 2005


    Good cava. One bottle got split between my husband and me one night. Nice balance, not to sweet or dry. Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

  • Sounds like storage was good for all. Did everyone else provide a few bottles ... another 500 years, anyway. Burgundy was a whole 'nuther country not anywhere within France's control at that point.Ironically, Eleanore got tired of the later overly repentant, monkish and rather childish Louis and had her marriage annulled, too, for the same rea... Read More

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  • Great night for sure, JD. Your current focus on Burgundy shines through brightly, though I wonder why you thought one or two of the reds might be too old--maybe for the labels to hold up, but fortunately no problem for the wines, it would seem. I was even thinking the whites were too young.  ;-)  Too bad the barolos hit you with that iodine, tho... Read More

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  • Kudos for being on top of the notes. In a big line-up I normally check out. Truly a memorable evening JD, thanks for sharing! 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!

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