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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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

  • Vincent Girardin

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

  • Cordier

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

  • Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils

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

  • Domaine Parent

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

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

  • Labouré-Roi

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Joseph Drouhin Joseph Drouhin Saint-Veran 2012


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    Wine review by Bobby Stardust

  • Domaine Louis Boillot et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 2011


    This nicely acidic Gevrey-Chambertin, that famous magnet of wine tourists south ... south ... Decent French Burgundy from a famous appellation. 88 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Had the good fortune to attend a Masters of Wine, Syrah Panel Tasting on ... ... ... classic regions such as Burgundy, Bordeaux, definitely not Piedmon Read More

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  • Last night we dined in the district (Washington DC) and enjoyed a play at the ... ... (with a glass of a white Burgundy wine from the wine list) and hanger steak for myself (with a glass of Bordeaux from the wine list).  The food is very tasty and those mussels are unique - charred outer shells and soft meat insid Read More

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  •  Or I could save it for Mrs. Emark, who has been known to like things like ... ... appreciation of white Burgundy--Mr. EMark, also.  No need to save them for us, but if any of your buyers changes his/her mind and you have some laying around, I'm sure we can arrange some sort of deal when we get together later this mont Read More

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  • Okay, today was day one of North Berkeley Imports' warehouse sale. DMcker ... fourth in line!  Mostly Burgundy fanatics which I thought would be helpful since I would be looking for mostly Italian in my dailies, a few Burgundies, and some white Burgundy for WineBuddy#1.Left 45 minutes later with 50 bottles.  I could have bought more Burgundy, ... Read More

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  • Sounds like you need to carve out more capacity in your new cellar, Fox. If you ... If you get rid of all those Burgundy whites, I'll give odds you'll be regretting it down the line when a situation or a craving demands good chard. Are advantages to never having to sort through CA butter bombs at the local brick-and-mortar when that craving hit... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • For about $125 or so, you can probably find a Giuseppe Mascarello Monprivato ... ... Likely Italian and Burgundy. Magnien (F), Berthelemot, Egly-Ouriet, Colosorbo, and plenty of daili Read More

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  • You guys seem to be where I was regarding C9dP back in the '80s. I drank ... a counterpoint to all the Burgundy I was drinking), but fairly rapidly tapered off because there were so many other wines more interesting. Haven't learned how to clone myself yet, so there are only so many glasses during a week, month or year that I can consume. Prio... Read More

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  • GregT, agree with you completely.  Matthews isn't saying there's ... ... cases of counterfeit Burgundy and never knew (okay, one guy did).  More importantly, if I reproduce those conditions, achieve the same concentration of various compounds,or a serious taster in blind conditions cannot tell the difference, I want to know what difference th... Read More

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