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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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

  • Bouchard Père et Fils

    Contrary to many wine growing regions, one of the particularities of Burgundy is the complete lac...

  • Domaine Louis Max

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

  • Albert Bichot

    From !#%0, the Bichot family was established in Burgundy, with a deer as a symbol. is is only in ...

  • Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils

    Created in 1955 by Daniel Rion, this family-owned estate began with only two hectares (5 acres) o...

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

  • Vincent Girardin

    Styled by Vincent Girardin, his white wines display their quality in finesse, their aromatic pure...

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • 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

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  • 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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  • St. Joseph can be incredibly tasty, and it can pair well with some things that ... that ... the rants about Burgundy.  Although I enjoy Pinot far more than GregT does, I do agree that the Burgundy hype is hard to understand.  I do find it interesting that the winery with the supposedly greatest terroir in all the region uses 100% new oak on a... Read More

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  • Greg, just give your Burgundy to JD.  Do yourself a favour!I just had a New Zealand Merlot with spaghetti (meat sauce) and asparagus (with lemon and butter), listening to Mandalay (Nicola Hitchock...ethereal electronic stuff) and I was in heaven (my wife was out paddling with her team).  Read More

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  • St Joe is one of the most underrated regions IMO. Crozes too actually - I have ... ... think it will become Burgundy though. Burgundy is kind of a reaction to Bordeaux, whereas Hermitage used to be put INTO Bordeaux.So people who objected to the large corporate ownership of the huge Bordeaux estates, and who objected to Parker for whatever em... Read More

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  • No mystery I love Syrah and got turned onto it some years ago by a N. Rhone ... look at what has happened in Burgundy, the utter hysteria of it.  And there's less suitable land in the Northern Rhone than Burgundy, so it's not going to get cheaper if the land gets bid up.  (Some AOCs have already expanded past the prime land, so consider the ol... 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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