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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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

  • Domaine Parent

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

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

  • Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret

    The village of Vosne Romanée entered in the Burgundy history in 636. Il was at the beginning of t...

  • 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...

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • For a sec, I thought Panos was back here posting. Can recall him posting Burgundy trip reports just before the region started to catch fire on WB. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Great times tasting in...

  • D, not everything winds up on the internet, at least not via the usual ... ... classified the vineyards of Burgundy and are still credited with "inventing" the idea of fine wine and its relation to "terroir."  (I'm reading a book right now that purports to debunk that, but never mind.)  The Clos de Vougeot, as well as Kloster Eberbach in Germa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Have had cases of Lynch Bages over the years, even once purchased two cases at ... the 80s mean.Actually, JD, Burgundy was worse than Bordeaux that yea Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • And finally, some white Burgundy for national wine day. After an hour of air, this really starts to show its Meursault like underbelly. Nice elegant mouthfeel with a bit of fat, salt, lemon, and mineral effects. Finishes well with good persistence. Maybe not a long ager, but with four left, look forward to having some with some more age. The 201... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Going back up to the Lynch, I've heard '94 was one of the worst vintages for Burgundy. Seems like Bordeaux didn't fare much better.Also enjoyed Dave's baseball analogy, though it may be selling Lynch just a little short from the few I've tried I'll check to the guy who knows Bordeaux.Now scrolling down to Mark's 2011 Nash Mill Pinot from Cabot. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

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


    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


    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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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