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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Aligoté

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

  • Vivant

  • Négrette

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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

  • Domaine Parent

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

  • Cordier

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

  • Labouré-Roi

    The House of Laboure-Roi dates back to 1832, when it was founded in the town of Nuits-Saint-Georg...

  • Marcel Lapierre

    In 1973, Marcel Lapierre begins again the family business composed then by 7 hectares with the cu...

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

  • Château de Chassagne-Montrachet

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Worth exploring Fox, at least just for kicks from what I hear. Lots of good ... ... worry D, there will be a Burgundy side board, another gent who's keen on it plans to bring an H Lignier Clos de la Roche ('97), though I wish he'd bring a 91, 93, or 99. The common thread for all of us though is a love of Tokaj Read More

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  • I've had some nice cheap PN from NZ, but nothing that stood out.  If ... ... not drinking PN for the Burgundy snob effect, then RRV, Carneros and SLH might as well be my reference points, with a does of Oregon as well.  I haven't brought myself to learn the terroir of NZ, especially since I'm not running out to drink more of their SB.&nbs Read More

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  • Just let the bottles rest for awhile. Then there's no need for that excuse ... long as you defer it a bit.Burgundy's aren't the only ones that need excuses, that's for sure. Sadly something like 8 out of the last 10 bottles I've had needed some, including one you missed which was that they forgot to fire the winemaker...  ; Read More

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  • Domaine du Gueret Beaujolais 2013


    just a bit tart, yet still, a very fine gamay whether poured chilled or cool. Read More

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  • DM, as fate would have it, I am actually midway through a PN at this very ... ... the next few weeks.But with Burgundy, you're in a very special place mentally. You need to get your excuse ready beforehand. It's good to have a back up as well, so it really sounds like you know what you're talking about. Then, at the appropriate moment, just as... Read More

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  • I don't know what the science would be. I generally don't open a wine ... is that the OP try it with Burgundy. If the wine doesn't show as some spectacular, blow-your-hair-back event, he'll have a great excuse. Which is so important when it comes to that regio Read More

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  • Thanks OT - you're right. It was the Ashley's! Not the Mt Carmel. I ... the competition was friggin Burgundy! What do you want?As far as Larry's wines go - drank through a bunch of those too. His Syrahs tended to be a little better than the Grenache but the Watch Hill Grenache was really good - he does a few vineyards. And nobody talks about i... Read More

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  • Personally, sweetness is a major turn-off.  I looked at the Pahrump ... ... ... painful.  Under the Burgundy, there's very little technical information, but next to "Varietal" it says, "Burgundy".  I guess people haven't been asking for more information.DM, what made you think they imported their grape Read More

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  • Yes, there's a ton of different shades of red: burgundy being one of them. I think the color burgundy can be a good word to describe many different reds, but you could expand on the word burgundy by using words such as ruby or garnet. I would not use the word burgundy to describe deep, dark, opaque wines. It falls into a different color spectrum... Read More

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  • Burgundy is also a color.  I think I had it in my Crayola set when I was young.  Or maybe they listed it as one of the colors in a Victoria's Secret catalog one time, but I know it's been a color.  Maybe that's what they mean.  Which makes "White Burgundy" a contradiction in terms. Gamay is grown in Beaujolais, which is technically part of Burgu... Read More

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