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 »

Mentor for Burgundy Wines

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

  • Marsanne

    Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

  • Négrette

  • Vivant

  • 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

  • Louis Latour

    The Latours have been vintners in Burgundy since the 17th century, slowly building a unique Do...

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

  • Bouchard Père et Fils

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

  • Charles de Valliere

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

  • 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

  • HaHa-- I remember it being pretty darned good with Hearty Burgundy, though we haven't had it in many years.  There are so many good wines at reasonable prices now.Now usually with a beef braise I would use whatever other rich red we are going to drink with it, often a shiraz from Australia or a good deep red from S. Africa or the Rhone Valley, B... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • "I have not been back to China since a lengthy visit prior to the changes ... ... and that brownish-burgundy/maroon is 'hazardous'.To put it mildly, China's industrialization has its downside--both for the country's citizens, and its neighbors. Can't help but wonder if this level of pollution were coming up from Mexico how the US would react.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Chinese Wine? Interesting... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • This year is also our 50th wedding anniversary.  We used to make our boeuf ... her show) with Gallo Hearty Burgundy.  I would LOVE to get some for our anniversary party.  If anyone sees the 50th anniversary label, please holler.  Thanks! &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Well said Greg.Dave, I'd love to try a '61 Latour some day...I'm ... ... really happened with Burgundy really either, but I prefer Burgundy because I find it a more "heady" and soulful experience, where as Bordeaux often comes across as sophisticated, but simple.Re: the CdP I'd like to try are the Beaucastle Hommage, particularly the '90 and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Epic Barolo

  • I have to agree with D about CdP. Back in the 70s and before, people called ... ... Bordeaux to come around. Burgundy wasn't in the same league - mostly tiny production from a bunch of peasants, whereas Bordeaux had chateaux, reputation, foreign investment, pedigree, and wide distribution. Parker essentially bestowed respect on CdP and many pr... Read More

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  • Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Rully "Les Cailloux" 2012


    Very clear pale yellow color.Quite "fresh," "citrusy" nose. Very delightful on the palate--not terribly fruity, but rather light and refreshing. Crisp acidity was me to continue drinking. This wine exemplifies my position that U.S. producers are missing the boat when it comes to wines made from Chardonnay grapes. US$33.99 at the Wine Club in... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Not a horrible analogy; there's a reason why the Perrin family is down ... ... ... from both Bordeaux and Burgundy (and Barolo and aged Champagne and syrahs from three continents and Rioja and [even] Super Tuscans and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Epic Barolo by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • Cave de Lugny Macon-Lugny les Charmes 2010


    Decent but not great macon lugny chardonnay. Hints of lemon cream and little minerality, medium acidity and short to medium finish. Not bad for the price but nothing special either. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Was going to send you a PM but I still can't figure out how to do it. ... ... threads about how wonderful Burgundy is, terroir, Parker, Bordeaux prices, high alcohol, etc. After a while most things get pretty old. It's why I love posts where someone in Japan asks for pairing suggestions for tacos and guacomole! Brilliant stuff indeed! As my fa... Read More

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  • Cuvee de Bord Bourgogne Blanc 2009


    Unfortunately this chardonnay was a bit past its prime. Kind of flat and flabby with some burnt butterscotch and little to no acidity or fresh fruit left. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • 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!

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