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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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 Parent

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

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

  • Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret

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

  • Château de Chassagne-Montrachet

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

  • Cordier

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Had the good fortune to attend a Masters of Wine, Syrah Panel Tasting on ... ... ... classic regions such as Burgundy, Bordeaux, definitely not Piedmon Read More

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  • Last night we dined in the district (Washington DC) and enjoyed a play at the ... ... (with a glass of a white Burgundy wine from the wine list) and hanger steak for myself (with a glass of Bordeaux from the wine list).  The food is very tasty and those mussels are unique - charred outer shells and soft meat insid Read More

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  •  Or I could save it for Mrs. Emark, who has been known to like things like ... ... appreciation of white Burgundy--Mr. EMark, also.  No need to save them for us, but if any of your buyers changes his/her mind and you have some laying around, I'm sure we can arrange some sort of deal when we get together later this mont Read More

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  • Okay, today was day one of North Berkeley Imports' warehouse sale. DMcker ... fourth in line!  Mostly Burgundy fanatics which I thought would be helpful since I would be looking for mostly Italian in my dailies, a few Burgundies, and some white Burgundy for WineBuddy#1.Left 45 minutes later with 50 bottles.  I could have bought more Burgundy, ... Read More

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  • Sounds like you need to carve out more capacity in your new cellar, Fox. If you ... If you get rid of all those Burgundy whites, I'll give odds you'll be regretting it down the line when a situation or a craving demands good chard. Are advantages to never having to sort through CA butter bombs at the local brick-and-mortar when that craving hit... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • For about $125 or so, you can probably find a Giuseppe Mascarello Monprivato ... ... Likely Italian and Burgundy. Magnien (F), Berthelemot, Egly-Ouriet, Colosorbo, and plenty of daili Read More

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  • You guys seem to be where I was regarding C9dP back in the '80s. I drank ... a counterpoint to all the Burgundy I was drinking), but fairly rapidly tapered off because there were so many other wines more interesting. Haven't learned how to clone myself yet, so there are only so many glasses during a week, month or year that I can consume. Prio... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • GregT, agree with you completely.  Matthews isn't saying there's ... ... cases of counterfeit Burgundy and never knew (okay, one guy did).  More importantly, if I reproduce those conditions, achieve the same concentration of various compounds,or a serious taster in blind conditions cannot tell the difference, I want to know what difference th... Read More

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  • Paul, thanks for the link.  You can activate it using the bar right above ... ... and the vignerons of Burgundy were no better than random chance would suggest at discerning which wines were which.  Would the French abandon the notion of terroir?&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Was wondering if anyone's...


  • Puligny Montrachet Champ Gain Sauzet 2005

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    Wine review by Tomeka Ellison


  • 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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