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 »

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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...

  • Négrette

  • Vivant

  • 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...

  • Mâconnais

      The Maconnais is the southernmost part of Burgundy, if you don’t count Beaujolais. It is b...

Popular Wineries in Burgundy View all

  • 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...

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Bouchard Père et Fils

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

  • Vincent Girardin

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

  • Marcel Lapierre

    In 1973, Marcel Lapierre begins again the family business composed then by 7 hectares with the cu...

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Closerie des Alisiers Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2007


    Blackberries, cherries strong in the nose, with a powerful wet hay undertone, socks, and a savory buttery finish. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Closerie des Alisiers Gevrey-Chambertin les Champs 2007


    Very chocolatey, with coffee bean, tart fruit, and caramelized chicken skin. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Closerie des Alisiers Marsannay Vieilles Vignes 2007


    Closed nose, nice basil mouth, wet and mineral, gamey Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Domaine Parent Beaune Premiere Cru les Epenottes 2002


    Cinnamon, chocolate, very full body, black pepper, passionfruit, pear, blueberries, cream, banana, and paprika. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Laboure Roi Pouilly-Fuisse 2005


    Enjoyed this wine. Has a rich mouthfeel, but lots of flavor of green apple. Balanced with great acidity, and perfect with creamy cheeses. Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1

  • Jeandeau Pouilly Fuisse 2006


    Great wine for summer!!! Lovely fresh taste. Read More

    Wine review by ash242009

  • My Mom gave me two bottles of Charles Krug 1979 Napa Valley one is Burgundy and one is Vin Rose.Does anyone know anything about these wines? Drinkable, I am thinking not.Thanks for any input anyone has on this. Read More

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  • Givry Premiere Cru Maison Jacques de Bonetin 2004


    2004 Givry 1er Cru Maison Jacques De Bonetin Nose: pleasant, cant really get any good smells today, maybe raspberry, but thats just because I read that in the Cav Daily article (I dont smell the soft cheddar promised by Mr. Cav Daily Wine Column writer), Palette: medium tannins, if that, just goes down mild.Grade: B+, 88.1 (Good for a mild Pino... Read More

    Wine review by lamarr

  • The movie Sideways did as much to promote California Pinot Noir as it did to ... Russian River Valley is the Burgundy of California.Geography As the name suggests, the Russian River Valley Appellation is an American Viticulture Area defined predominantly by the depression created by the flow of the Russian River.  The river is the flows southw... Read More

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  • Jean et Gilles Lafouge Auxey-Duresses Blanc 2005


    Good acidity, balanced green fruit flavors, some interesting pickling spice, jalepeno funky earthiness going on as well. Paired well with some proscuitto wrapped scallops I BBQ Read More

    Wine review by JoshuaChrist

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