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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Mentor for Burgundy Wines

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

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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

  • Bouchard Père et Fils

    Contrary to many wine growing regions, one of the particularities of Burgundy is the complete lac...

  • Labouré-Roi

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

  • Château de Chassagne-Montrachet

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

  • Domaine Parent

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

  • Domaine Louis Max

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

  • Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • I met with my new blind tasting group this past Tuesday and enjoyed a flight of 8 wines. I was surprised how approachable the wines were. I really expected more to be closed down for the long sleep but most remain accessible. I'm listing my ranking as well as the groups with the score for each wine, lower being better and representing the number... Read More

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  • Barton & Guestier NV

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    Wine review by Marcost


  • Domaine François Lamarche Vosne-Romanée 'Les Suchots' 2005

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    This smells awful, the Chrysanthemum floral character is so strong it smells like roach spray and under that is crappy green oak notes. Alot of the offending notes blow off bu this remains a struggle to smell with artificial vanilla tinged black plum fruits and oil cured sun dried tomato replacing the poison, somewhat. In the mouth this feels a ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Nuits St Georges Premier Cru les Poisets Arnoux 2005

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    Powerfully aromatic with smoky, nutty tones over dark fruit. the oak tones continue to grow here with clove oil and coffee popping out with airing but the tarry, dark black cherry puts up a valiant struggle eventually gaining parity with the baking spices and vanilla. In the mouth this is big and soft with mineral cut and bitter licorice tones c... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Clos des Lambrays 2005

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    Very floral and sweet on the nose with cherry, mint and a light medicinal character that continues to gain sweetness in the glass and has great complexity revealing deep soil spice tones and a lovely violet pastille top note. In the mouth this is soft and rich and packed with sweet fruit that has a melony freshness to it. Deep, dark mineral tone... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin Premiere Cri la Combe Aux Moines 2005

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    Sallow and tight on the nose this never really opened though I was able to coax some woodsy notes and a touch of roast meat over the brooding, spicy dusty fruit. A bit innocuous and extracted in the mouth with big acids and tannins but the fruit seem small and shallow. Fine mineral cut and a great dose of Gevrey dirt on the finish are promising ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Comte Senard Aloxe-Corton 2005

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    Very pale and delicate looking. This is a lovely glass with a very gentle character full of stemmy fruit, limestone and mineral tones of top notes of grapevine smoke and dusty yet precise strawberry fruit. Sweet and elegant in the mouth with herbal tones adding background contrast to the light raspberry fruit. Finishes with good length and depth... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges les Chaignots Premiere Cru 2005

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    Decidedly oaky at first with sweet backing spices and chocolate framing plump, chunky fruit and deep earth tones. Soft in the mouth with toughish tannins supporting excellent dark fruit notes though the bitter, drying tannins keep this a bit short and clumsy. Very middle of the road style 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Ponsot Gevrey Chambertin Cuvee de Labeille 2005

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    Sappy and pure with vibrantly bright sweet red raspberry fruit tones and nuanced notes of animal, musk, white pepper and minerals. The acidity is front and center here offering intense cur but keeping the wine lithe and lively in the mouth. Big with rich fruit, crisp cut red plums, candied red apple, and ripe raspberry fill the mouth. Some black... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Potel Beaune Grèves 2005

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    This opens sappy and sweet with oak to the fore and a background of licorice spice. There is a deep, roast meat, veal reduction edge to the fruit and high tones of cola and floral tones. In the mouth this is bright with a bit of an extracted feel. Simple cherry and cranberry fruit is presented in a modernish package of clumsy tannins and elevat... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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