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

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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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Aligoté

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

  • Vivant

  • Négrette

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

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

  • Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils

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

  • Charles de Valliere

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

  • Cordier

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

  • Domaine 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...

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Samuel Olivier Bourgogne Haute Cotes de Nuites Chardonnay 2009


    had this again, the other day. I remember it being very interesting the first time, a great little unoaked Chardonnay. This time it seemed very very dry, loads of mineral tastes, and rather disappointingly, a huge and predominant taste of Lemon almost to the point of 'good god, they have succeeded in making Wine Lemonade (but without the sugar).... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • Well, he's also making wine in Brooklyn, which is where I am now. So if the ... equal of some of those in Burgundy, the Jura, Etna.Well, maybe wine culture is rooted in those things, and certainly the Brits have been drinking wine for longer than the US existed. But in the 1950s and 60s, for most people in Britain, wine was viewed much as it wa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic LA wines, SD vines, London...

  • Les Faverelles Chardonnay Bourgogne Vezeley 2012


    Clean peach aromas. Lightly toasted biscuity flavors of peach and lemon. Effervescent and fresh with a lot of great acidity. Read More

    Wine review by 2Mark Angelillo 2 Mark Angelillo

  • SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: our origins and future in a single glance I am going to ... equal of some of those in Burgundy, the Jura, Etna. . . . Let me put this another way: I had never expected to export wine to Europe. Why would they need our wines? This view is not limited to London, but I found a very focused attention to it there: "yes, we reve... Read More

    Forum post in the topic LA wines, SD vines, London... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • Barrels are not being replaced by stainless steel for economic reasons. I ... ... a bottle.Also in the 1990s, Burgundy started to become a lot more trendy as they started to gain some traction with their marketing of what they claimed was their special terroir. So you could like Chardonnay if it was from Burgundy. And of course, some jerk woul... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Heavily-oaked Chardonnay...

  • Awesome...it's becoming a tradition for me to take my first look at the new burgundy vintage. Did the same in 2010 with their MSD village. This has a little bit of an extra gear, bold and fresh fruit, firm acid and wiry tannin. Built like 2010 but maybe just a little more fruit. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • If you're going Burgundy, Meursault by Jadot is definitely one to try, but it's not as heavily oaked as many CA Chardonnay or Australian Chardonnay for that matter.How much are you willing to spend? New French Oak costs money and those wines usually aren't very cheap.Ramey from CA might be one to try if $40+ doesn't bother youSonoma Cutrerand th... Read More

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  • Yeah BP-dude goes a little hyperbolic on his sales spiels, but they do carry ... ... quality of the best Burgundy has to offer. Oregon is OK, but a step below the best Sonoma Coast I've had (in a very few cases only baby steps), though styles are in many cases different. Will be interesting to see how people learn, evolve, tweak and improve f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • Domaine Vincent Dureuil-Janthial Rully Rouge Maizières 2008


    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website ... Chalonaise sub-region of Burgundy.Domaine Vincent Dureuil-Janthial has a total of 17 hectares spread over the Cotes de Nuits,Cotes de Beaune and the Cotes Chalonaise and 20 appellations. This Rully comes from the Maizieres vineyard from vines planted in 1998 and spends 8 months in oak bar... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • I'm afflicted with Greg's Pinot aversion.  Perhaps you can take us ... Lourdes first and then on to Burgund Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...

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