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.

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My passion is to help others discover what types of wines suit their taste and then discover the numerous choices available that fit that profile. I am a WSET certified wine consultant, but first and foremost a wine lover and collector.

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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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

  • Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret

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

  • Antonin Rodet

    ANTONIN RODET proposes wines for which the authenticity and quality are guaranteed by the passion...

  • 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

  • Clos des Lambrays 2005

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    Very floral and sweet on the nose with cherry, mint and a light medicinal character that continues to gain sweetness in the glass and has great complexity revealing deep soil spice tones and a lovely violet pastille top note. In the mouth this is soft and rich and packed with sweet fruit that has a melony freshness to it. Deep, dark mineral tone... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin Premiere Cri la Combe Aux Moines 2005

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    Sallow and tight on the nose this never really opened though I was able to coax some woodsy notes and a touch of roast meat over the brooding, spicy dusty fruit. A bit innocuous and extracted in the mouth with big acids and tannins but the fruit seem small and shallow. Fine mineral cut and a great dose of Gevrey dirt on the finish are promising ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Comte Senard Aloxe-Corton 2005

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    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


  • Chambolle-Musigny Maison Bouchard Père et Fils Côte de Nuits Vin Rouge 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

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    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


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