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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Burgundy View all

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Vincent Girardin

    The Girardin family has been making wine as far back as the 17th century, making Vincent Girard...

  • Cordier

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

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

  • Domaine Parent

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

  • Chanson Père et Fils

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Andre Goichot Corton Grand Cru les Perrieres 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Domaine Gondard Perrin Vire-Clesse Vieilles Vignes 2012


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensignton ... the ... the Maconnais sub-region of Burgundy.This is about 10 miles north of the town of Macon itself. Domaine Gondard Perrin is a family owned concern in this area.I started my bottle today with my traditional British meal of fish and chips and I did enjoy it. It is a dry win... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • The circumstances surrounding the Chenin are that Dava loved it too. ... then ... then went to his home for a Burgundy/Pinot Noir Tasting at his Bennett Valley Estate. Richly red fruited nose, red licorice and heavy chalk on the palate. Finishes with tart red berries and chalk. @ 13.8 abv it may be the leanest wine Russell has ever made. Reall... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • 2007 in Burgundy has been considered all this decade, to the extent stock still exists, a 'restaurant wine' (ever notice how you almost never see the best vintages on restaurant wine lists? That's a very specific, well-maintained market niche). All that maquillage helps it drink better earlier so it can be placed quickly before nearby vintages c... Read More

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

  • Pierre Andre Pouilly-Fuisse 2014


    Horrible wine; worse than French pichet de vin.Jug wine tastes better than this. Read More

    Wine review by WMVC

  • It was the 2007 vintage. I do not think it was a matter of decanting because I ... website. Personally I think Burgundy is usually a good match for game as well as steak. I often open a bottle of Burgundy when I have a steak and I am sure I shall do so agai Read More

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  • I had a steak last night and I opened a bottle of Burgundy, a Domaine Gachot-Monot Premier Cru Les Poulettes and I am afraid to say I was disappointed. There is a lot of a tart cherry style fruit and it is quite tannic.This is definitely not one of the better Burgundys I have had. I am surprised because a few years ago I had a Cotes de Nuit Vill... Read More

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  • Avery Vosne Romanee Suchots 1953


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    Wine review by GarryR

  • We've tried several Malbec bottles in the $10-$20 price range and in ... ... appellation, a sub-region of Burgundy.  Initially upon opening, there wasn't much fruit or even taste.  Boy did this change after about five minutes.  We really started enjoying the wine about 30 minutes into the meal, so I wonder if I should have asked to have this P... Read More

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  • Anyone have any experience?I've noticed Kelley mentioned among the best ... ... and the like. Being a Burgundy lover, I've mostly found CA Pinot painful (though I've found a few I like!), and Oregon Pinot quite a bit more elegant, but sometimes or most of the time more boring rather than painful (as I find with the classic, and often harsh, C... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines

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