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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Albert Bichot

    From !#%0, the Bichot family was established in Burgundy, with a deer as a symbol. is is only in ...

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret

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

  • Cordier

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

  • Charles de Valliere

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

  • Antonin Rodet

    ANTONIN RODET proposes wines for which the authenticity and quality are guaranteed by the passion...

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Philippe Charlopin-Parizot Marsannay En Montchenovoy 1990

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    Wine review by zero3666


  • Blason de Bourgogne Bourgogne Cuvée 2005

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    Strawberry and raspberry jam notes on the nose. Nice acidity but flabby berry fruit and earth notes don't completely come together as a cohesive whole. A fine everyday wine that I paired with Salmon and arugula, but nothing to write home about.(I was tasting the 2007 vintage) Read More

    Wine review by ftezen


  • Louis Latour Pinot Noir Marsannay 2007

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    No. No. No. Tart and acidic is okay for me, old world style on Pinot Noir I can also appreciate. We sensed what they were going for here, but we both thought the wine just tasted lazy and watered down. The bottle wasn't bad, but the wine was...(we had 2 and they both were the same) Read More

    Wine review by KeLuke


  • Lapierre Morgon 2007

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    Marcel Lapierre is perhaps the 'big' star of the Morgon region, certainly the maker of some of the appellations most interesting wines. He has a great reverence for the terroir, that he faithfully expreseses with natural, traditional winemaking. Minimal sulphur, fining and filtration is the norm here - the wines are complex, but express the s... Read More

    Wine review by TBelford


  • Morgon 'Corcelettes' 2005

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    Les Corcelettes is one of the terroirs of the Morgon AOC - Morgon makes ... ... ... vintage, Popel who love burgundy, haven't learnt to love beaujolais, or just want to discover a fantastic regions dinstinctive wines could do no worse than to pull the cork of a Corcelett Read More

    Wine review by TBelford


  • Chiroubles Domaine Bulliat 2007

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    Chiroubles at it's best produces textural, feminine and sensual wines, but can often turn out thin, green numbers, hard with stalky tannins. Domaine Bulliat renders the terroir in it's most classic and appealing manner. Gently aromatic, with a mouthfeel that gives you goosebumps. It's a wine of the heart, it speaks the language of love - in s... Read More

    Wine review by TBelford


  • Domaine Bulliat-Morgon 2005

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    This is a cracking bottle - I've worked there, and can personally testify to the quality of this domaine, their vineyards and their wines. The vines are worked in a very sympathetic manner, the wines made gently. No price is too much for a wine with this much spirit and expression. 7/5 Read More

    Wine review by TBelford


  • Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir 2002

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    As above Read More

    Wine review by Michael at MAX


  • Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir 2002

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    DOMAINE BILLAUD-SIMON CHABLIS GRAND CRUVAUDESIR 2002Opened THUR 21/05/09 On nose hints of green melon In the mouth, ripe round fruit with loads of lemon, a robust full-bodied wine that is drying on the finish with a length that goes on forever. This is a drinking pleasure, I would LOVE to say there are flavors of white stone and exotic spice, NO... Read More

    Wine review by Michael at MAX


  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007

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    Light but very fruity with Strwaberry, more so than the average Beaujolais. For the price paid this is good value. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley


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