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 »

Mentor for Burgundy Wines

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

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Varietals Produced in Burgundy View all

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Aligoté

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

  • 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

  • Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils

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

  • Château de Pommard

    Today, Château de Pommard is the largest private vineyard in Bourgogne. Its 20 hectares of wines ...

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

  • Charles de Valliere

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

  • Albert Bichot

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

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Saint-Romain Thierry et Pascale Matrot a Meursault 2005

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... with holdings in several Burgundy appellations including Saint-Romain where the average vine age is 48 years and fermentation though not aging takes place in oak barrels. I started my bottle with a meal of smoked salmon salad and I did enjoy it. There is some melon and pear style fruit there but... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Great write up JD!  You made me want to have some Pinot Noir! Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2010, 2012 Burgundy


  • On tap for tonight...first go with Dujac! Read More

    Forum post in the topic 2010, 2012 Burgundy


  • RF - I don't remember seeing that commercial back in the day (late ... ... ... Sandra choosing the Beef Burgundy and myself choosing the Filet Mignon.  A very nice meal along with the appetizers.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Gc les Preuses 2011

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    This feminine and minerally wine has an impressive potential to keep well though its enticing today. Harmony and persistence give this wine clear focus. It is impressively floral, lemony and chalky with notes of sea salt. Those that unilaterally dismiss larger operations are missing out on some most impressive wines chez Fèvre. 95 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Roland Lavantureux Chablis Gc Vaudésir 2013

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    I fell for yet another barrel sample. I was totally vulnerable to this wines exotic nose of clove-studded apple, potpourri and baked peaches with crumble topping. This should be bottled in November. Despite the wines breadth, it is hardly heavy. Unlike so many other Chablis during this trip, however, its not tannin that keeps the wine inline. It... Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Louis Michel Chablis Gc les Clos 2012

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    This wine hails from a mid-slope parcel towards the northern side of the appellation. Its most predominant character is its chiseled structure. Then, theres the beautiful typicity of chalk, yellow plums and pithy grapefruit zest. Its a shame to drink this young, yet it is showing well now. 95 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Laroche Chablis Gc la Réserve de l'Obédience 2011

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    Only 3,000 bottles of this wine made from the domaines best parcels from Les Blanchots was produced. In fact, it is more likely it is only fractions of parcels, such is the precision of this house. The frank complexity leads to an impressively long finish with light tannins guiding the wines structure as much as its lovely freshness. 93 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Jean-Paul & Benoît Droin Chablis Gc les Clos 2012

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    This wine juxtaposes opulently ripe pit fruits of white peach and apricot with delicate herbal notes and grapefruit zest. Its massive acidity and light tannins pull the sum of the parts into a feistily structured package. As in all of the wines of this cellar, there is so much refreshment that is is hard not to keep going back to the glass. 95 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


  • Domaine Gilbert Picq Chablis Pc Vosgros 2012

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    This wine was my favorite of the visit, despite the fact it was a bit reduced. There was that AND the fact the bottle had been opened nine days before. The textured palate was fascinating to the point I didnt note a single aroma or flavor. Precisely balanced, high acidity pulled the wines moderately textured feel into long finish. 94 pts Read More

    Wine review by Christy Canterbury MW


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