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...

  • Vivant

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils

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

  • Château de Chassagne-Montrachet

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

  • Charles de Valliere

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

  • Domaine Louis Max

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

  • 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

  • Jean-Luc Dubois Savigny-Lès-Beaune les Picotins 2004

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    This was my first French Wine.the color is a clear light red. The wine was very inviting however the smell does not suit it at all. at first glance you expect a nice sweet aroma, but are quickly surprised but it's almost nail polish smell as you raise your glass towards you. The taste is very light. It doesn't overwhelm you at first but the aft... Read More

    Wine review by Bhavash


  • Savigny-les-Beaune Fouquerand Hospices Beaune 2002

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    The Colour of this Pinot Noir seems still too deep even after 7 years of maturing. The nose is very upfront and developed, yet attractive with overly pronounced aromas of strawberries and raspberries. On the palate, it shows a good structure with sweet and round edges. The acidity is still a little at the back as I think this wine might need ano... Read More

    Wine review by Quentin4


  • Moreau Fils J. & Chablis Domaine de Biéville 2005

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    A complex nose of white fruits and subtle aromas of seaweed. On the palate, the Valmur shows all of its aristocratic style. A well built structure, with a strong character. Complex, with a mid palate of apples and pears, it develops flavors of shellfish and sea water. This is a beautiful trademark from this vineyard and this is a very good repre... Read More

    Wine review by Quentin4


  • Pinot Evil Cellars Bourgogne 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Oslo15


  • Domaine David Duband Nuit St Georges Premier Cru la Richemone 2004

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    Warm and attractive nose of rose petals and red berries. On the palate, intense flavours of raspberry and blueberry. The acidity is still high for a 5 years old wine, which means it should age very well over the years. Would be very interesting to try this wine over the next 10 years to see it evolve. The finish is quite long and keeps the compl... Read More

    Wine review by Quentin4


  • Girardin Vincent Meursault Charmes du Dessus Premiere Cru 2005

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    The nose is a typical Meursault with notes of pear, citrus and peach. At first, the minerality dominates with a silex-like style, giving way to a beautiful round structure with well integrated oak flavours of vanilla and butter. Even though this wine might have sweetness in its mid palate and finish, it remains "lifted" in the mouth and makes yo... Read More

    Wine review by Quentin4


  • Girardin Chambertin 2005

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    Dark cherry aromas and toasty on the nose, this Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes has classic tones of earth and red berry fruit on the palate. The structure is rich with a well integrated acidity and attractive flavours of strawberry and raspberry. The finish is medium and lingering.QChttp://www.questionofwine.blogspot.com Read More

    Wine review by Quentin4


  • Dominique Laurent Clos St. Denis 2005

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    On the nose the Clos St Denis exhibit concentrated black fruits and provence herbs. This is a precise wine with clean flavors of ripe fruits. The alcohol and acidity are well integrated in the structure of the wine. This is a wine very well made with good ageing potential.QChttp://www.questionofwine.blogspot.com Read More

    Wine review by Quentin4


  • Vaucher Pere et Fils Bourgogne Rouge 2006

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    fantastic wine, lovely fruit and taste. Read More

    Wine review by Magnus K


  • Coche-Dury 1996

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    No written review

    Wine review by liaifen


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