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

  • Cordier

    United since the merger of two century-old trading houses, Cordier and Mestrezat.The Cordier Mest...

  • Maison Louis Jadot

      Maison Louis Jadot is a winery that’s proud of its heritage and land. Founded in 1859 by L...

  • Louis Latour

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

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret

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

  • Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

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  • I've never been to this place but for something like this: maybe. Looks ... ... wines by not one, but two of Burgundys winemaking legends: Nicolas Potel & Jean Soubeyrand of Olivier Leflaive!!!For the first time ever, these two greats will be under one roofours!!!! Its true they will be conducting a walkaround tasting of their wines, sharing... Read More

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  • Jean-Marc Bouley Pommard 2002

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    Well balanced. Read More

    Wine review by JamesR


  • Roland Lavantureux Chablis 2006

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    Introduced to me via a local cheesemonger's tasting event, this Chablis sings "terroir". Light nose, mineral essence, undertones of persimmon, and a smooth, consistent mouth feel enable this to be the *perfect* oyster wine. Aim for simple with your oyster preparation, by the way. Raw or roasted are best, avoid all the crazy toppings or other ... Read More

    Wine review by KMango


  • Domaine Harmand Geoffroy Gevrey Chambertin En Jouise 2005

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    Easy to drink Pinot, that is in the middle price range. Fruity but still minerally. Even though the wine was young you have an earthy and aged aftertaste.I absolutely enjoyed this bottle of wine! Read More

    Wine review by Nicolaus Bauer


  • Fleurie Aoc 2008

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    Wine review by pearlyfur1


  • Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru Domaine Bouchard Père et Fils 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Jenfoye


  • Louis Latour Pinot Noir Monthélie 2006

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    Wine review by Avuera


  • Les Ombrelles Saint Veran 2007

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    Straw coloured white with a nose of white fruits. Pear and vanilla flavour, very smooth tannins and a creamy, full-bodied, well-balanced wine. Moderately long finish. Read More

    Wine review by bluebear


  • Les Ombrelles Saint Veran 2007

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    Wine review by bluebear


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