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

  • 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

  • Albert Bichot

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

  • Michel Picard

    Picard Père et Fils is one of the largest wine producers and négociants in Burgundy and, with nea...

  • Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils

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

  • 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...

  • Vincent Girardin

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Collovray & Terrier Saint-Veran Tradition 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • I doubt that current Burgundy makers of any repute would risk shipping grapes in from outside the region to beef up their pinot.  They would get caught too easily and besides, no one drinks the best wines, they just collect them. If they do drink them, buyers have some excuse for why they might fall short.  In any case, vignerons can add sugar o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic One Day in Europe for Wine...

  • 'Burgundian' is perhaps best used, IMHO, to describe a philosophical ... ... been happening much in Burgundy since shortly after World War I, so we're talking nearly a century of changed regulation and practice where neither petit syrah nor gros syrah nor a C9dP blend can be added as per the old days. Certainly there are crafty, secretive Gau... Read More

    Forum post in the topic One Day in Europe for Wine... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • This may be a little off topic but I think Burgundy and Pinot get a bad rap from the full-bodied crowd (of which I am admittedly not a member) - you can get some seriously dense, tannic wines there, especially in Côte de Nuits. They're not cheap though! Read More

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  • This one caught my eye. Not pinot noir, but gamay a la Loire via Oregon and Ian ... thirty minutes and serve in Burgundy stems at 60-65 degrees for optimal results. For a taste of the “Garden of France,” as the Loire Valley is endearing called, try this recipe for wild boar prepared with wild herbs, cranberry and honey.&nbs Read More

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

  • Vaucher Pere & Fils Cru du Beaujolais Fleurie 2014


    Lots of light showing through red ruby color. Nose of red berriesmostly strawberries. More of a cherry flavor on the tongue. However, there is also very obvious effervescence here. I could not discern bubbles in the glass, but the mouth sensation is the same. Roughly the same body as a good rosé. Unfortunate bitterness as the wine passes t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Lock the Barolos away and misplace the key for several years, JD!And too bad Burgundy prices aren't where, like in days of yore, prices were low enough you didn't have to filter the wheat from the chaff (or the whole berries from the damaged and stems and leaves) in wine commentary before making an at least medium-serious purchasing decision to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • Heading off to big bear this afternoon...packing a few wines. Least excited ... as well, early 00s. Rare in Burgundy, this young man is blazing his own trail, being the first in the industry in his family in several generations. Became an oenologist in '97, then started consulting and soon became successful. With how much I like the story, I b... Read More

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  • I wouldn't try to recommend wines at all given the scant information we ... go to tastings of high end Burgundy at Hart Davis Hart if you don't even know if you like Pinot Noir.  Instead, find a place that sells lots of $15-30 bottles and go to one of their tastings (or a few).  Or sign up for a tasting experience through a community college, ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic what to drink

  • Joseph Drouhin Beaune Rouge Clos des Mouches 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by Joyy

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