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...

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  • Louis Latour

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

  • Bouchard Père et Fils

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

  • Charles de Valliere

    Famous domain "Charles de Valliere" based in Pommard, Burgundy. Family owned and runned busi...

  • Maison Louis Jadot

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

  • Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils

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

  • Antonin Rodet

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Not talking of anecdotes, Fox, but of directly, personally observed and ... ... others out of places like Burgundy, even if we don't yet know how to describe those differences in detail. Just as there are people who have problems differentiating in tastings, etc., etc. These I view as Chomskian 'problems', not 'mysteries'.I'm certainly not dis... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Was wondering if anyone's... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • Nebbiolo is a challenge to grow elsewhere, but that's because it's a ... until they have hard real Burgundy from hallowed terroir, a first growth from Bordeaux (BTW, not actually based on the land, you can buy land and add it to your first growth holdings), LaLaLas from Cote Rotie or at least La Chappele from Hermitage Read More

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  • Kramer is understandably unhappy, as Matthews uses a quote from him that goes ... ... could exist outside, oh, Burgundy, then the terroir thing has to be re-mystified, and it gets changed to avoid being able to pin it down.  He does agree there are ways to measure the taste of wine--read the book, then argue with it--and that preferences could... Read More

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  • "Even they cannot tell which is which."Be careful with ... to identify six CA vs six Burgundy whites and got them utterly reversed, while 4 of the people at the table (one worldwide Sommelier of the Year, one manager of the best French restaurant in Tokyo, one super retailer and one amateur) got 10~12 out of 12, even down to the winery (wines t... Read More

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  • Fox, that's the way mine were organized when I had my 200 bottle wine ... ... shelf for pinot (Oregon, CA, Burgundy ...), syrah (CA, N. Rhone, Aussie ...), cabs and so on. With so much more space and that nice array setup (can't help the engineer coming out) I feel compelled to "organize" (EM) things. We'll see what pans out after we get back hom Read More

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  • Volnay Aoc 2008


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  • Oops, should have looked here before I mentioned this book elsewhere.I just ... ... upstarts, the wines from Burgundy from Oregon PN, and so on. He covers the origins of the ideas, then he explains the physiology when it's understood, or suggests that more work needs to be done.  He points out that there is often a grain of truth about certain... Read More

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  • Duncan, I'm with Dave on this.  Yes, they have a monitoring agency, ... (Cab into Barolo, Syrah into Burgundy, Syrah into Bordeaux, which used to be the accepted practice...), although it would be harder to do now.  Of course, hard to know how you would regulate wines like CdP, which can have anything in it as long as its grown within those bo... Read More

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  • For a sec, I thought Panos was back here posting. Can recall him posting Burgundy trip reports just before the region started to catch fire on WB. Read More

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  • D, not everything winds up on the internet, at least not via the usual ... ... classified the vineyards of Burgundy and are still credited with "inventing" the idea of fine wine and its relation to "terroir."  (I'm reading a book right now that purports to debunk that, but never mind.)  The Clos de Vougeot, as well as Kloster Eberbach in Germa... Read More

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