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.

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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

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Vincent Girardin

    The Girardin family has been making wine as far back as the 17th century, making Vincent Girard...

  • Cordier

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

  • Marcel Lapierre

    In 1973, Marcel Lapierre begins again the family business composed then by 7 hectares with the cu...

  • Domaine Parent

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

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Vincent Girardin Bourgogne Pinot Noir "Cuvée St. Vincent" 2009 2009

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    This is my 2nd pinot and 3rd wine overall I've had from this producer and have been happy with them all. Price and quality match well...and he used the acidity and minerality aspect of the terroir well. This is a medium red wine with distinct clear ring. A defined nose of cherry, raspberry, vanilla, and spice pop out readily and lead the way. Th... Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2015

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    Nothing big, nothing fancy...just pure nouveau. Bright fruit, mild tannins with a cut of minerality and acidity. Cherries on the aftertaste that is both surprisingly long (for a beaujolias) and mouthwatering. Drink young - Paul 87 popints Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Just not a good selection of imports in these parts and for good ... wines ... wines from Europe.  Not burgundy or bordeaux, or even N. Rhones, but Cali grenache is overpriced, the little bit of tempranillo from here ditto, almost all the whites, too.  Then there's all that awesome Italian wine for $15-20, whites and reds, and I find those on ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Rick, what were some of those takeaways from the judgement of Paris stories?I continue to buy Burgundy, have been keying in 2013 Bonne Mares. Will make for a great horizontal some day. Some Champagne mixed in as well. Domaine Arlaud seems to be an up and coming Domaine, the prices not to inflated as of yet, at least compared to Dujac and Roumier... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • DMCKER - One other thing, having been to Iran AND Pakistan there is a obviously a huge difference between then and now.  I found the Iranian people at the time to gregarious, worldly and progressive.  I had several friends over there that I've never from since the revolution.  By the way - when then President Carter said we had no military prese... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • DMCKER - 1. I agree with you about cleaning with phosphates and I did it for years cleaning tactical equipment.  difference was, I'm talking with regard to time relativity here, were had strict standards and guidelines for dispersal into the waste water systems.  I can only assume those standards have tightened as the years have gone by.2. The b... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question


  • RICHARD - I SPENT, INCLUDING U.S. NAVY TIME, 20/21 (72-93) YEARS IN SHIPYARDS FROM SAN DIEGO TO OAKLAND AND BREMERTON .  Did a short stint in Pascagoula also.  I shot missiles - both Types in the Navy and built tactical warfare and data systems for the Navy with a Military Contractor.  Repaired radars,  weapons systems and all types of other gad... Read More

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  • A lot of it was sodium tripolyphosphate, according to this rather complete discussion. It's another form of phosphate builder in laundry soaps.  Has its own Wiki.So there's also natural buildup, still chokes rivers, but comes from the breakdown of plants that have lots of nitrogen.  And, of course, those fertilizers, which are now the #1 source ... Read More

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  • Interesting paper, Fox, which took me quickly back to that time, but it really only focuses, somewhat glancingly, on the public vs. industry conflict surrounding phosphates during the period, with plenty of value judgments from the grad student who was writing the paper. Hardly rigorous at all, and likely had little if any peer review at the tim... Read More

    Forum post in the topic White Burgundy Question by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • I won't drag my father, a ceramic engineer, into the discussion too much--he has also worked with large-volume wineries and others--because we are going pretty far afield here.  I will say that the judicious use of TSP is in my toolkit.  The phosphate eutrophication issue is one I remember well, but the huge source of phosphate discharge back th... 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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