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 Visit my blog at Brunellobob.blogspot.com

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Varietals Produced in Burgundy View all

  • Vivant

  • Aligoté

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

  • Négrette

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Louis Latour

    The Latours have been vintners in Burgundy since the 17th century, slowly building a unique Do...

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

  • Labouré-Roi

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

  • Vincent Girardin

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

  • Domaine Louis Max

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Georges Trichard Chénas Domaine des Pierres 2007

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    Chenas is the smallest of the crus, many of the vineayards that formed the appellation are now part of the Moulin au Vent appellation.With waxy red fruits, dried apricot, blond tobacco, spicy, wild red berry fruits, a touch of tea and a hint of dried cranberry on the nose this is compelling to smell. The mouth feel is suave and smooth with lovel... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007

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    Julienas produces elegant and spicy wines from a region that gets its name from Julius Ceasar!This is dusty and mineral with a big bay leaf tone and a touch of seared beef but it lacks some liveliness. On entry this is fiercely acidic for this ripeness yet very simple with big black fruits. This finishes with some chemical notes and I can't say... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Louis Jadot Mâcon-Lugny 2007

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    Moulin a Vent produces low yielding vines and powerful wines from rocky soil in the north of BeaujolaisThis is sweet smelling with predominantly woodsy tones of white mushroom and gardenia. There's lots of fruit on the palate which is a bit sweet though an herbal edge offers a bit of relief from the onslaught of prominent black gapey fruit.This... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Pierre Chermette Beaujolais 2007

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    Musty animal nose leading to a big wine with lots of tannins. Black cherry and violet notes come through, but the wine is still a little tight - give it 6 months, or decant. Dry finish with robust tannins and lingering flavors of cured meats. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Fleurie Chateau du Chatelard Red 2007

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    Dustier nose than the Chateau de Pizay Beaujolais 2007. Gamey with deep plummy fruit aromas. Tobacco flavors in the mouth with a tart tannic finish. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Coudert 2007

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    Fleurie always one of my favorite Crus, full of plush, deep fruit that takes a couple of years in the cellar to peakDark and slightly resinous on the nose with bark and fruit tones in a masculine, cologne scented register that includes a touch of campfire and very lovely subtle vegetal tones and medicinal herbs. In the mouth this feels a touch ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Château de Pizay Beaujolais 2007

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    Slightly hot nose, with flavors of cherry and a light leathery-ness. In the mouth the wine is mineral with bright strawberry fruits. Finishes on clear quartz minerals. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Pacalet Moulin a Vent 2006

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    Chiroubles comes from vines at higher elevation that produce delicate wines and Pacalet's minimalist style of winemaking preserves this ethereal quality. A touch funky on the nose with a gamy edge to the wooly, wet cotton, rainwater tones that features an intriguing touch of dried thyme. This is a bit more structured in the mouth with lots of s... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Lapierre Morgon 2007

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    Morgon produces rich, earthy wine that can easily be mistaken for Burgundy. Lapierre is a great biodynamic producer. This offers up notes of beet roots, dusty earth, anise and aggressive herb and medicinal notes. With a very light, natural and elegant in the mouth this is refreshing but quite herbal and almost vegetal on the palate with a decid... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Thevenet Morgon 2007

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    Regnie is the youngest Cru of Beaujolais, dating from 1988 but is part of the historic home of Beaujolais. This has superb aromatics with balsamic, candlewax tones almost verging on eucalyptus with a roast meaty edge and layers of intense and complex violet pastille and wild berry fruits. This smells like old vines. This has big weight but is n... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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