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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Vivant

  • Négrette

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Burgundy View all

  • Cordier

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

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Antonin Rodet

    ANTONIN RODET proposes wines for which the authenticity and quality are guaranteed by the passion...

  • Charles de Valliere

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

  • Maison Louis Jadot

      Maison Louis Jadot is a winery that’s proud of its heritage and land. Founded in 1859 by L...

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • I started a lovely bottle of Burgundy last night with my steak. I often have a Burgundy with a steak because I think it is almost the perfect match. www.snooth.com/wine/monthelie-1er-cru-sur-la-velle-eric-boigelot-2003/ Read More

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  • Monthelie Premier Cru Sur la Velle Eric Boigelot 2003


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... ] on the Cotes de Beaune in Burgundy for red and white wines made from pinot noir and chardonnay respectively from the commune of that name.This commune has a surface area of less than 1.5 square miles and has only 300 acres under vine.There are no grand cru vineyards but there are 15 premier cr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Bize and Pavelot, two universally nice producers I continue to pass on. I do ... other than me talking/buying Burgund Read More

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  • This was a beauty, look forward to enjoying more of these...eally nice Bourgogne, signature '13 freshness, just slightly forward, with good sap and underlying spice, earth, and well used oak support it well. Have heard contains some or all declassified Vosne fruit, and it it certainly has more depth than your average Bourgogne. Nice medium tanni... Read More

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  • Pierre Andre Bourgogne Pinot Noir "Vieilles Vignes" 2011


    Purchased at Polly's Supermarket. Win some, lose some with Pinot Noir. This ... in the lower 1/4 of French Burgundy's (redundant, I know) I have consumed. Sorry Pierre, I will not revisit any wine from Mr. Andr Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Today was a good day to see the auto show in Washington DC, so we did just ... ... this lovely 2011 Pinot from Burgundy; I remember trying one from this Mercurey appellation on our Viking River cruise last spring and this wine was very tasty.  It was about $60, not too high given this was Washington D Read More

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  • A good question, that brings out various perspectives on knowledge and taste ... ... pinot-like character.If Burgundy reds, then that leads to further drilling down on which styles? Some Pommards taste almost like a Bordeaux--known because I've been in blind tastings with supposedly experienced tasters who have identified it as such.If you th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What types of wine are... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • Collovray & Terrier Saint-Veran Tradition 2012


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • I doubt that current Burgundy makers of any repute would risk shipping grapes in from outside the region to beef up their pinot.  They would get caught too easily and besides, no one drinks the best wines, they just collect them. If they do drink them, buyers have some excuse for why they might fall short.  In any case, vignerons can add sugar o... Read More

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  • 'Burgundian' is perhaps best used, IMHO, to describe a philosophical ... ... been happening much in Burgundy since shortly after World War I, so we're talking nearly a century of changed regulation and practice where neither petit syrah nor gros syrah nor a C9dP blend can be added as per the old days. Certainly there are crafty, secretive Gau... Read More

    Forum post in the topic One Day in Europe for Wine... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • 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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