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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Varietals Produced in Burgundy View all

  • 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...

  • Aligoté

    In North America, Aligoté’s cold-weather tolerance has provided it with homes in Washington State, British Columbia a...

  • Négrette

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Vivant

  • Pinot Noir

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

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

  • Charles de Valliere

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

  • Domaine Parent

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

  • Vincent Girardin

    Styled by Vincent Girardin, his white wines display their quality in finesse, their aromatic pure...

  • Maison Louis Jadot

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

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

  • Cordier

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Domaine du Breuil Saint Amour 2011


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/72652. Saint-Amour is a small appellation for red wines created in 1946 [although viticulture here goes back to at least the Romans ] from the commune of Saint Amour Bellvue in the Beaujolais region about 8 miles south of the town of Macon.It is one of the 'cru' Bea... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chablis Grand Cru "Clos des Hospices Dans les Clos". Domaine Christian Moreau 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Domaine Sangouard-Guyot Saint Veran 2014


    Solid white Burgundy with an attractive balance of minerality and fruit. We had it with sushi. It's an excellent buy and a very nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by gary bissell

  • I started a lovely bottle of Burgundy last night with my steak. I often have a Burgundy with a steak because I think it is almost the perfect match. www.snooth.com/wine/monthelie-1er-cru-sur-la-velle-eric-boigelot-2003/ Read More

    Forum post in the topic Burgundy

  • Monthelie Premier Cru Sur la Velle Eric Boigelot 2003


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... ] on the Cotes de Beaune in Burgundy for red and white wines made from pinot noir and chardonnay respectively from the commune of that name.This commune has a surface area of less than 1.5 square miles and has only 300 acres under vine.There are no grand cru vineyards but there are 15 premier cr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Bize and Pavelot, two universally nice producers I continue to pass on. I do ... other than me talking/buying Burgund Read More

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  • This was a beauty, look forward to enjoying more of these...eally nice Bourgogne, signature '13 freshness, just slightly forward, with good sap and underlying spice, earth, and well used oak support it well. Have heard contains some or all declassified Vosne fruit, and it it certainly has more depth than your average Bourgogne. Nice medium tanni... Read More

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  • Pierre Andre Bourgogne Pinot Noir "Vieilles Vignes" 2011


    Purchased at Polly's Supermarket. Win some, lose some with Pinot Noir. This ... in the lower 1/4 of French Burgundy's (redundant, I know) I have consumed. Sorry Pierre, I will not revisit any wine from Mr. Andr Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Today was a good day to see the auto show in Washington DC, so we did just ... ... this lovely 2011 Pinot from Burgundy; I remember trying one from this Mercurey appellation on our Viking River cruise last spring and this wine was very tasty.  It was about $60, not too high given this was Washington D Read More

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  • A good question, that brings out various perspectives on knowledge and taste ... ... pinot-like character.If Burgundy reds, then that leads to further drilling down on which styles? Some Pommards taste almost like a Bordeaux--known because I've been in blind tastings with supposedly experienced tasters who have identified it as such.If you th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What types of wine are... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

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