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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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...

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Vincent Girardin

    The Girardin family has been making wine as far back as the 17th century, making Vincent Girard...

  • Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils

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

  • 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'd heard of Camel Valley Winery's reputation (award winning sparklers) since I ... yield. That's comparable to Burgundy Grand Cru, and typical vineyards harvest 6-8 tonnes per acre for table wines.Grape clusters beginning to formMy favorite wines of the day were:- Camel Valley Valley Rosé 2008, £22 ($37):"Pinot Noir and Dornfelder. Light straw... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Spotlight: Camel Valley Winery


  • Domaine Olivier Pere et Fils Santenay les Coteaux Sous la Roche Grand Vin de Bourgogne 2007

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    Though it belongs to the very promising 07' Burgundy vintage and it could certainly use some more time in the bottle, the promise began to shine through early on. Santenay has always been one of my favorite Beaune appellations, as it combines classic finesse with some exotic elements. This one does not fall too far from my impression of things... Read More

    Wine review by enotheque


  • Pascal Lachaux 2004

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    Gorgeous berries, crushed violet petals, forest floor, morel mushrooms on the nose. A very restrained, balanced wine. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an affordable entry point to some nice Volnay. Read More

    Wine review by enotheque


  • Aegerter Mâcon-Fuissé 2007

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    In terms of Maconnais hierarchy, this is the step beyond a really solid ... of ... ... of overpriced, overrated Burgundy that comes into the US these days. Had to buy this one in France, so the production is limited and based out of Nuits-Saint-Georges. If I was currently looking to import anyone to represent in the US, I would certainly giv... Read More

    Wine review by enotheque


  • Bourgogne Blanc les Herbeaux Domaine Caillot 2005

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    A fascinating wine...almost too much so. The wine itself has a remarkably powerful aroma that is matched by its flavor. It is almost reminiscent of the garigue flavors typical to a Languedoc Red. As the name suggests, it is incredibly herbacious and woody, but not in an oaky sense. It was certainly delicious, but it was a true taste-bud killer. Read More

    Wine review by Hazardog51


  • Pierre Morey Aligoté Bourgogne-Aligoté 2004

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    This is an odd one. Nose of cured meats. It almost smells like pate'. THat and wood. Hard core wood. The flavor isn't unpleasant. Crisp, there is a characteristic of some fruit. It's really hard to place with such a strong nose. I opened today 7/13/09. Perhaps this wine didn't hold up? It wasn't bad, nor great. A conundrum really. Ha... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • L'Avenir l'Avenir Stellenbosch Classic Rouge 2005

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    PS I noticed the site says the wine is French. This wine is not French. It is from South Africa!!! Clumsy of someone. Read More

    Wine review by RHS


  • L'Avenir l'Avenir Stellenbosch Classic Rouge 2005

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    Well made wine with great mouth feel and good tannin and balanced fruit. Extracted wine that reminds me on California central coast (or perhaps Yakima--Walla Walla?). Alcohol says 14% but I think it is bigger than this. Very good for bbq. There is nothing wrong with this wine and it is a very nice product for the price--it just isn't bordeaux. Read More

    Wine review by RHS


  • Louis Latour Gevrey-Chambertin Premiere Cru les Corbeaux 2006

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    WS gave this 90 pts. I always consider Latour to be a consistent source of good burgundy. I did find this one to be super ripe and fruity, lacking the earthiness I enjoy in French burgundies. Tasty, but to me, lacking some complexity and depth. It has features more consistent with gamay in this case, than pinot noir. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages Blanc Château des Jacques Grand Clos de Loyse 2002

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    No written review

    Wine review by baseball636


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