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

  • Vivant

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Aligoté

    In North America, Aligoté’s cold-weather tolerance has provided it with homes in Washington State, British Columbia a...

  • 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

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Maison Louis Jadot

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

  • Domaine Louis Max

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

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

  • Vincent Girardin

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Noticed that the other day and had similar thoughts Dave.Duncan, maybe only 1% ... other outskirts of or hidden Burgundy gems as well as some other Read More

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  • Have enjoyed several versions over the years, but I always go back to the ... ... ... Cab, but now prefer with Burgundy [not gag-worthy cherry cough syrup CA pinot], nebbiolo [barolo/barbaresco] or tempranillo  [rioja]) and even the likes of sherry and port. Perhaps most often in that sauce have it either with pasta, or serve it as an accompan... Read More

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  • Today we did another wine tasting, this time in Tain L' Hermitage. ... ... shared our nice Pinot from Burgundy with a couple of English ladies.  I don't remember what that small wine sample was; we were in Lyon so it might have been a Syrah or a Rhone blen Read More

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  • That Burgundy is pretty decent too, Al. Not sure if it's more of a distaste towards Burg or a preference for Bordeaux, maybe a little of both. But 2009 is a very accessible Bordeaux vintage, and not a surprise that it's drinking well now. Looks like you're having a great time. Having good dinner companions is key. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Couvent des Thorins. Chateau du Moulin-a-Vent 2010

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    Beautiful floral notes on the nose, good color, full in the mouth. This seemed a little tight upon opening, improved some over the next 30 min. or so , this would benefit with some more time in the bottle. 2 to 4 years Read More

    Wine review by ivine


  • Domaine Besancenot Beaune Premier Cru Bressandes 1997

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    A real show-stopper wine!The first flash on the palate is strong and fruity, a burst like fire in the grate. It evolves into a warm, constant amber glow, a happier milder smoldering. Intense but restrained. You can taste the earthiness of the wine, here, like the embers of a fire it's the base at the heart of the wine, but the wine still bui... Read More

    Wine review by Shoshi Cooper


  • Domaine Besancenot Beaune Premier Cru Greves 2010

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    The power and age of this wine dwarfs you like walking through a redwood forest. You can feel the history around you, until its not just the scent or taste of the forest, its as if youve become part of the forest yourself. The smell and taste encompasses you.On the nose, its woody and subtle, like fruit descending into forest greens. On the pal... Read More

    Wine review by Shoshi Cooper


  • Domaine Xavier Durand Corton Grand Cru Rognet 2010

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    A rich mahogany smell, like picking up an antique violin. Hints of fruit on the nose.Complex and beautiful on the palate. The bit of fruit we encountered on the nose steps forwards and takes center stage, like a ballerina showing off her skill. Its dance is subtle and enchanting, changing as it dances across the tongue first dark fruit, then... Read More

    Wine review by Shoshi Cooper


  • We enjoyed another beautiful day in southern France.  Today we sailed from ... ...  They shared their Burgundy wine with us.  Ours was easily the more tasty win Read More

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  • We are having a great time cruising down the Saone River in France; this ... ... ... two bottles of wine in Burgundy after a wine tasting in Beaune.  Last night they served this Bordeaux wine with the meal - I had several glasse Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • 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!

    Comment by 218530amour 218530 amour


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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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