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

  • Aligoté

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

  • Négrette

  • 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...

  • Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits

    The Cotes de Nuits appellation refers to vineyards on or close to the Cote d'Or slope north of ...

  • Mâconnais

      The Maconnais is the southernmost part of Burgundy, if you don’t count Beaujolais. It is b...

  • Bourgogne-aligoté

  • Bourgogne Chardonnay

      Chardonnay is a simple blank canvas of a grape, and one has to train it to taste a certain...

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...

  • Domaine Parent

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

  • Château de Chassagne-Montrachet

    We have kept the Peugeot motorcycle which Michel Picard used to travel throughout Burgundy when h...

  • Cordier

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

  • Louis Latour

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

  • Domaine Louis Max

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Try Clos de Roilette BLM, I think their Fleurie is under $20, and their top ... was more expensive than any Burgundy 100 years ago. I wonder what happened there?&nbs Read More

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  • Just old pioneer/farming/ranching stock where I came from so nothing as fancy ... in agreement. A 'complex Burgundy' requires a lot of attention to itself, and also reacts differently to more complex sauces, including those that are wine based, which is not what you're getting at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Plain turkey meat, gravy, cra... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need a wine for this birdie by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Mongeard-Mugneret Fixin 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • JD tkx for these excellent suggestions. This bird is begging for a complex burgundy.  Read More

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  • Wine with pheasant heart?  Burgundy certainly. Other suggestions? Taste gives a flashback reminiscent of foie gras, but not fatty and still melt in mouth tenderness. Slowly sautéed in olive oil.  Read More

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  • Bougogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits Cuvee Maetie Domaine Jean Tardy et Fils 2010

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... concern operating in several Burgundy appellations. 'Cuvee Maelie' is named after Guillaume Tardy's daughter,is 100% pinot noir and is aged in used oak barrels.I started my bottle last night with my steak supper and I did enjoy it.There is plenty of a slightly sweet strawberry an... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Swiss PNs also work. I actually like an *aged*, well integrated claret best ... ... from north of Barolo. Burgundy is a no-brainer, as indicated by the New Orleans resto's defaul Read More

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  • Francois la Pierre Chablis Premier Cru Beauregard 2014

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    structured, with grapefruits and herbs; refined Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Francois la Pierre Chablis 2014

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    dry with summer fruits and herby notes Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Francois la Pierre Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013

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    lightly flavored, with spicy hints Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


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