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.

One major aspect of Burgundy’s fascination is that it has few major grape varieties and is rarely Read more »

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

  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Vincent Girardin

    Styled by Vincent Girardin, his white wines display their quality in finesse, their aromatic pure...

  • Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret

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

  • Domaine Louis Max

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

  • Labouré-Roi

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

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Comte Senard Aloxe-Corton 2005

    Snoothrank:

    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


  • Joseph Drouhin Richebourg 1979

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    The most outstanding Burgundy I have ever tasted. So very rare and difficult to find, a true collectors wine. Their smooth richness is balanced by a certain amount of tannins and acidity. They have plenty of body, with a long, powerful and lasting aftertaste which brings to mind the smell of cherries, strawberries and undergrowth. I would rat... Read More

    Wine review by WH123


  • Jean-Claude Thevenet & Fils Mâcon-Pierreclos 2005

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by Moglandor


  • Michel Gay Fils & Chorey-Lès-Beaune 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by Moglandor


  • Dom Simon Bize 2005

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    A subtle smoke tone accentuates the core of grapeviney, rocky, grapey fruit with background tones of limestone. Front loaded with youthfully grapey fruit that yeilds to the lovely, stemmy tannins as they emerge on the mid-palate. Crisp and focused with good limestone cut and a touch of taut grapeleaf in the mouth with lovely balance and a touch ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Potel Nuits St. Georges Pruliers 2002

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    The lovely nose opens with a touch of leathery funk, smoldering grapevines and rocky earth. Under lays a core of red currant and wild cherry fruit with a subtle streak of embedded vanilla. Smooth and showing fine integration in the mouth though the tannins remain youthfully prominent. A pure core of seared cherry fruit with just an insinuation o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Camille Giroud Clos St. Denis 1976

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    Redolent of green olives, capers in vinegar and anchovy this recalls Puttanesca sauce though with a touch of red fruit and a bit of earthy minerality. Pretty much resolved into an acidic core or bright fruits this retains the fishiness found on the nose. Elegant and refreshing if not the most appealing combination of flavors. 82pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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