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

  • Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret

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

  • Labouré-Roi

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

  • Domaine Parent

    Domaine PARENT based in Pommard (Burgundy, France) was founded in 1803. Today it is headed by two...

  • Louis Latour

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

  • Vincent Girardin

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

  • Michel Picard

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Denis Chevillon Nuits-St.-Georges les Chaignots 1987


    No written review

    Wine review by tstrees

  • Macon-Lugny les Charmes Chardonnay 2006


    Here's what I think makes this one special:http://enotheque.org/blogarch/2008/12/recession_burgundy_picks_white.html Read More

    Wine review by enotheque

  • Rully Blanc J.drouhin 2006


    I think this wine would be a great approximation at a moderately priced intro. to quality white Burgundy (Cote d'Or-esque). My review for this one is available at:http://enotheque.org/blogarch/2008/12/recession_burgundy_picks_white.html Read More

    Wine review by enotheque

  • Chanson Père et Fils Beaune Clos du Roi 1996


    how to empty your cave? take out the Chanson!I opened the 3 bottles I had and none was drinkable: 2 were corked and the other one was vinegar... Read More

    Wine review by Olivier

  • Labouré-Roi Beaujolais Nouveau 2008


    Banana and tropical fruit with tart acidity and a light body. I couldn't resist the temptation to try at least one more Nouveau this year. Probably not the best of the bunch, but not too bad either. Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Saint-Amour Aoc 2005


    First Beaujolais from this Cru. Chilled for about 15 minutes before serving. Light to medium bodied with distinct red berry tasted leading up to a cheery finish that slightly lingered. Very light and easy to drink. Good buy for a Cru Beaujolais in this price range... Read More

    Wine review by tabednar

  • Domaine Rene & Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Premiere Cru la Foret 1995


    Tasted 12/08, showing beautifully. Great nose and excellent mineral quality on the palette. Very clean and focused wine. Read More

    Wine review by Bigchoccy

  • Domaine Rene & Vincent Dauvissat Chablis Premiere Cru la Foret 1995


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    Wine review by Bigchoccy

  • Saint-Amour Aoc 2005


    Red fruit with cherry flavors predominating. Medium-light body and tannins. A ... me a lot of pinot noir from Burgundy. A high 3.5 ratin Read More

    Wine review by ttutony

  • Michel & Marc Rossignol Bourgogne Rouge 2005


    Nice primary fruit (sour cherry) with a hint of spice and cedar. Great acidity (says the Acidity Pig). Light weight, but big flavor. Went well with Pork Chops with Cherries and Cranberries. I could see this improving for the next 3-5 years, adding complexity. Read More

    Wine review by WinePaul

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