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.

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Popular wines made in Burgundy under $20

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Varietals Produced in Burgundy View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Vivant

  • 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

  • Charles de Valliere

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

  • Domaine Parent

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

  • Vincent Girardin

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

  • Maison Louis Jadot

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

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

  • Cordier

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Avery Vosne Romanee Suchots 1953

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    Wine review by GarryR


  • We've tried several Malbec bottles in the $10-$20 price range and in ... ... appellation, a sub-region of Burgundy.  Initially upon opening, there wasn't much fruit or even taste.  Boy did this change after about five minutes.  We really started enjoying the wine about 30 minutes into the meal, so I wonder if I should have asked to have this P... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Anyone have any experience?I've noticed Kelley mentioned among the best ... ... and the like. Being a Burgundy lover, I've mostly found CA Pinot painful (though I've found a few I like!), and Oregon Pinot quite a bit more elegant, but sometimes or most of the time more boring rather than painful (as I find with the classic, and often harsh, C... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • Burgundy in Bordeaux glasses? How gauche. I have a 2006 Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Roy I'll sell you for half that wine list price if you want to see what they are like with a litte age in them. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Richard; You are very right about Loire reds [and whites,roses and sparkling ... especially when compared to Burgundy [which is probably the most expensive wine region in France ]. You are talking about sub $25 in your post but when you are actually there in France in the Loire valley you will find plenty at under 12 euros and some at only 5 eur Read More

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  • Thanks for that info, Joyce and D.  Have to include the Loire in my next ... when done right, that many Burgundy drinkers are craving, and are so reasonable.  Also check out the reds of Marc Bredif, extremely reasonable and very good.  I've had my share of the Cotat Sancerres and I'm not convinced I would search them out in particular, but I p... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Loire Valley in July


  • Like your style Mary, I haven't had a chance to try anything from Domaine Arlaud but have heard good things. My next stop is Arnoux-Lachaux in Vosne. Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Coalescence of Burgundy and...


  • Sounds like a good evening to me Read More

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  • Haven't been to Eli's Table, but have frequented his shops since the '90s, and always been happy except, sometimes, for the price. Spent a few months around 9/11 staying across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and eating breakfast most mornings (when I needed to meet someone) at E.A.T. From well before that (the '80s), I've made regular pilgr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Coalescence of Burgundy and... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • On Friday February 26, I was fortunate enough to be the guest of Randall ... ... Manhattan. It is a mecca for Burgundy lovers.The wines of Domaine Arlaud harken from Morey-Saint Denis and Chambolle-Musigny in the Cote de Nuits. The estate is biodynamic, producing wines of great purity and finesse on clay-limestone soils. Vines range from 32 to... Read More

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