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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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

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Maison Louis Jadot

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

  • Bouchard Père et Fils

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

  • Albert Bichot

    From !#%0, the Bichot family was established in Burgundy, with a deer as a symbol. is is only in ...

  • Labouré-Roi

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

  • Vincent Girardin

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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    Wine review by Moglandor

  • Michel Gay Fils & Chorey-Lès-Beaune 2004


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    Wine review by Moglandor

  • Dom Simon Bize 2005


    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

  • Potel Nuits St. Georges Pruliers 2002


    The lovely nose opens with a touch of leathery funk, smoldering grapevines and rocky earth. Under lays a core of red currant and wild cherry fruit with a subtle streak of embedded vanilla. Smooth and showing fine integration in the mouth though the tannins remain youthfully prominent. A pure core of seared cherry fruit with just an insinuation o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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