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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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

  • Aligoté

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Vincent Girardin

    The Girardin family has been making wine as far back as the 17th century, making Vincent Girard...

  • Domaine Louis Max

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

  • Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils

    Created in 1955 by Daniel Rion, this family-owned estate began with only two hectares (5 acres) o...

  • Louis Latour

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

  • Michel Picard

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Burgundy on a Budget.  You get to write that column.  I have to say, $50-60 is not exactly budget in my world, but I drink wine every night.  If you bargain shop Chablis 1ers, which is pretty much all the Chardonnay I consume, you can get really good things for $25 or so.  It does have to be opportunistic. Looking at my CT, looks like my Burgund... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The wine geeks holy grail, I...


  • Fox, I disagree that Burgundy is for impressing your friends. Besides, that's a point GregT has already made well known.Sure the most expensive wines of the world are Burgundies, and compared to Bordeaux the prized vineyards and wines are small and low production. However, if you enjoy drinking Burgundy, there's a way to do it well without spend... Read More

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  • OT, I'm not saying you should come around.  Where you live, there are ... for your friends, buy some Burgundy.Did you list the prices you paid?  Are you willing to do so?  I guess I could just check their wine list if it's online; I seem to recall looking at it when I first heard of the place.  Sounds like putting yourself in the hands of the ... Read More

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  • Okay, I still disagree.  We have a good selection of European wines here, ... Bordeaux, North Berkeley for Burgundy, WineHouse for Burgundy and Bordeaux, Kermit Lynch for Rhones, Flatiron for Italian and Sherry, Wally's and Woodland Hills for many things... but all those would require leaving Napa and Sonoma.  The Portugese wine store in Fremo... Read More

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  • Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard Savigny les Beaune 2011

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... on the Cotes de Beaune in Burgundy. There are 22 Premier Cru vineyards but no Grand Cru. My bottle is not one of them but a village level wine from the small family producer of Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard.I started my bottle last night with my steak supper. There is plenty of a raspberry... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Bouchard Père & Fils Mâcon-Lugny St Pierre 2015

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    This modestly priced Macon from the commune of Lugny is highly representative ... ... of the style of southern Burgundy with a slightly spicy apple nose and a buttery, apple entry, with a moderate, nutshell finish. Above average and from a good vintage. Best of all, the price is right. 8 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine Gaston & Pierre Ravaut Ladoix Blanc 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Maison l'Envoye Fleurie 2013

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    what a gem! finally I found a french burgundy under $15 that should be $100 a bottle or more. what a smooth, fruity ( but not overwhelming) clean and boisterous wine. I'm racing back to get the other bottles off the bargain rack and into my cellar. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Stagecoach has a bit of a cachet here in Japan amongst certain drinkers ... ... the family sellout over in Burgundy that JD reported on recentl Read More

    Forum post in the topic Gallo buys Stagecoach by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Stephen, you might try to get ahold of some of the Jonata wines from Santa ... ... Kroenke chose an interesting Burgundy property for purchase. Don't think we'll be seeing its bottles' prices lowering in future, nor will GregT be likely purchasing them by the case...  ; Read More

    Forum post in the topic Gallo buys Stagecoach by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


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