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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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

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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

  • 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...

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

  • Cordier

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

  • Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret

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

  • Antonin Rodet

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

  • Domaine Vincent Girardin

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

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

  • Charles de Valliere

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Zepaltas Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2012


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    Wine review by Liandra160

  • I had a salad and smoked salmon for dinner so I opened a white Burgundy. It was from the Saint-Romain appellation by Domaine Matrot and it was a good match for the food. There was some fruit there but was also fairly mineral as opposed to creamy or buttery because of only a limited use of oak. Read More

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  • Saint-Romain Thierry et Pascale Matrot a Meursault 2005


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... with holdings in several Burgundy appellations including Saint-Romain where the average vine age is 48 years and fermentation though not aging takes place in oak barrels. I started my bottle with a meal of smoked salmon salad and I did enjoy it. There is some melon and pear style fruit there but... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Great write up JD!  You made me want to have some Pinot Noir! Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2010, 2012 Burgundy

  • On tap for tonight...first go with Dujac! Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2010, 2012 Burgundy

  • RF - I don't remember seeing that commercial back in the day (late ... ... ... Sandra choosing the Beef Burgundy and myself choosing the Filet Mignon.  A very nice meal along with the appetizers.&nbs Read More

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  • Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Gc les Preuses 2011


    This feminine and minerally wine has an impressive potential to keep well though its enticing today. Harmony and persistence give this wine clear focus. It is impressively floral, lemony and chalky with notes of sea salt. Those that unilaterally dismiss larger operations are missing out on some most impressive wines chez Fèvre. 95 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW

  • Domaine Roland Lavantureux Chablis Gc Vaudésir 2013


    I fell for yet another barrel sample. I was totally vulnerable to this wines exotic nose of clove-studded apple, potpourri and baked peaches with crumble topping. This should be bottled in November. Despite the wines breadth, it is hardly heavy. Unlike so many other Chablis during this trip, however, its not tannin that keeps the wine inline. It... Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW

  • Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Gc les Clos 2012


    This wine hails from a mid-slope parcel towards the northern side of the appellation. Its most predominant character is its chiseled structure. Then, theres the beautiful typicity of chalk, yellow plums and pithy grapefruit zest. Its a shame to drink this young, yet it is showing well now. 95 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW

  • Domaine Laroche Chablis Gc la Réserve de l'Obédience 2011


    Only 3,000 bottles of this wine made from the domaines best parcels from Les Blanchots was produced. In fact, it is more likely it is only fractions of parcels, such is the precision of this house. The frank complexity leads to an impressively long finish with light tannins guiding the wines structure as much as its lovely freshness. 93 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW

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