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 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...

  • 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

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

  • Domaine Louis Max

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

  • Cordier

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

  • Vincent Girardin

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

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Château de Chassagne-Montrachet

    We have kept the Peugeot motorcycle which Michel Picard used to travel throughout Burgundy when h...

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Joseph Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet Folatieres 2006

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    Rich, emollient tangerine explosion. Very viscous. Intense oaky finish. Beautiful Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Joseph Drouhin St. Veran 2007

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    Crisp, light - full of lime and citrus flavors. Continues with a lemony finish. Read More

    Wine review by Philip


  • Louis Jadot Montrachet 2002

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    No written review

    Wine review by HanFlan


  • Louis Jadot Pernand-Vergelesses 'La Clos de la Croix Pierre' Premier Cru 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by HanFlan


  • I spent the last week in the French countryside for work the Loire Valley, Burgundy and the Northern Rhone.  The wine countryside(s).  I was there to visit the forests, saw mill and cooperage of Ermitage barrel makers.   I could easily write to you about the barrel making process, once upon a time, in a forest far, far away however, that would ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ermitage


  • Louis Latour Beaujolais-Villages Chameroy 2007

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    Translucent red in the glass. On the nose this wine shows banana, tropical fruit, and red berries. The palate has intense flavors of red berries with a hint of the banana/tropical flavor in the background as well. This wine has a light-medium body with tart acidity and very easy tannins. This is not a complex wine but it is still a very enjo... Read More

    Wine review by ttutony


  • Bouree Pierre Charmes Chambertin 1985

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    Big and rich on the nose with a funky, skunky edge to it that integrates into a leathery, gamy, slightly foxy hunting in the forest nuance that plays off the sweet frozen raspberry and rosehip fruit note. Fresh and crisp in the mouth with rich red berry fruit that is just a touch roasted. Their is good body here with mineral and cherry tones on ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Maison Leroy Vosne-Romanée Premiere Cru 1972

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    Spicy and smoky this smells like there is someone smoking a cigar in my glass, no really. Effusive tobacco smoke coupled with slight roasted red fruits and notes of cheese, capers, and green olive brine round out the rich aromatics. On the palate there is a bit of a thinning the is obvious but not unpleasant as it reveals a riverstone mineralit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Jadot Louis Domaine des Heritiers Beaune-Boucherottes Premier Cru 2005

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    I had this with a traditional holiday turkey dinner and it complimented the meal nicely.Very old world. So, if you like your Pinot with a bit more zing, this is probably not the best value. This is a serious wine with loads of dusty strawberries, earthiness, smokiness, sour cherries, astringency and elegance. Moderately complex with many easil... Read More

    Wine review by rcscgrhpx


  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007

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    Wine review by Amethystia


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