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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My passion is to help others discover what types of wines suit their taste and then discover the numerous choices available that fit that profile. I am a WSET certified wine consultant, but first and foremost a wine lover and collector.

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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...

  • 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...

  • Négrette

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...

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  • Château de Chassagne-Montrachet

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

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Domaine Parent

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

  • Domaine Louis Max

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

  • Maison Louis Jadot

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

  • Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Hey everybody - I just came back from my trip, so a quick update is in order. ... caves and tasted some great Burgundy wine, then hit up a couple wine shops to take home a stash of Burgundy and Bordeaux wines. (Customs didn't bother charging me anything.) I do prefer the more full body wines over those in Burgundy, but nonetheless the trip was... Read More

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  • Don't forget that history also applies to farming practices. You grow ... ... red wine, whether it be from Burgundy or what we now call the Rhone. That name became Frenchified to "clairette" which became Anglicized to claret.Remember that the most prized wines for centuries were white wines, not red wines. Red wines were to be consumed pretty ... Read More

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  • Think the Goldeneye is out of her favored price range. I may be willing to send ... ... want to look into some Burgundy and others. Trick would be finding some wines you could re-buy if you wanted.DV, I have 4 and a half years to go as of next Frida Read More

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  • Red,Nothing wrong with thread-drift.  In fact what I like about it is ... ... defer to JD to recommend a Burgundy for you to look for in your price range.  I'd start there and it may not be your style (I'd actually guess not), then try others (Total Wine would have an aisle of Pinot Noir.  Try a New Zealand one or Oregon if it's in your budget... Read More

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  • My problem is that I'm now used to drinking the mid-range wines, as in $50 ... Valley (California) or even Burgundy (France).  I don't like sweet wines for the most part, although a dessert wine is a different matter.  That Toschi Pinot Noir was another one that didn't taste like a real Pinot to m Read More

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  • Here's the funny thing:  For just a minute, Napa Ridge Cab was made ... Becky Wasserman bottled a Burgundy PN called La Belle Inconnue that K&L hyped the sh*t out of.  I bought four of them ($10 each) and they were wretched.  Boycotted K&L for a while as a result and still won't buy things that they hype except the occasional Kalinda--which I ... Read More

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  • "Yeah but would you drink those again? With all the salt water?"Sure, ... ... wines would be few in Burgundy. Still conducting ongoing research there. And if others are paying then will drink most Bordeaux, at least a glass, ditto on the research. Doesn't mean I'll like it, though. Absolutely will not drink more than 2/3 of CA pinot noir, and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine you would not drink... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Definitely starting to think more about wine and food together myself VV. ... ... today I was craving white burgundy, and just by luck I had a nice and ripe, structured one picked out. Worked out well with the sausage, fried rice w/ veggies, scrambled eggs & spinach my wife had ready for dinner.This Dujac Morey St. Denis Blanc is definitely a ... Read More

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  • Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis Premiere Cru Vaillons 1997

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    This bottle was a part of a lot I bought from the website ... town of Auxerre in northern Burgundy.My bottle was made by a well established producer from grapes grown in the premier cru vineyard of Vaillons.The wine is left on its lees for a year in stainless steel tanks rather than oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of... Read More

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  • Domaine Benoit Cantin Irancy Cuvee Emeline 2011

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    Wine review by BWeed


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