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

  • Aligoté

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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

  • Cordier

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

  • Château de Pommard

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

  • Michel Picard

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

  • Antonin Rodet

    ANTONIN RODET proposes wines for which the authenticity and quality are guaranteed by the passion...

  • Charles de Valliere

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

  • 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

  • Here in Burgundy last year at this time, the mood was dour. We were in the middle of a four month period of rain and miserable cold. Hail storms had machine-gunned huge swaths of the Côte de Beaune. And the threat of rot dangled over the vineyards.To say today that the 2012 harvest produced, not just a good Burgundy vintage but an exceptional on... Read More

    Forum post in the topic WHAT A SURPRISE VINTAGE 2012

  • Clos de Tart 2009


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    Wine review by Sheraz123

  • So if you liked that Beaujolais, I would encourage you to look for some others. ... ... what they do with Burgundy and growers all over want to emulate that because they hope that they'll be able to charge $1500 a bottle for their wine. They won't, but life is made of dreams.In any event, try some of the cru Beaujolais. It tends to be on the a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Well, since we are drinking our Secret Santa gifts, I'm on board.  We ... ... a really good example of Burgundy.  There was tartness, structure, a bit of earthiness, a little tanin.  Almost as good as some of those Holdredge PNs that I buy.  Seriously, a completely enjoyable bottle.  I must have caught it in his five perfect minute Read More

    Forum post in the topic Secret Santa 2015

  • Hey Jon, we do appreciate the Burgundy contributions. I may be living it vicariously, but I am living it. Read More

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  • Good luck with those VV, cool to see that producer on these pages or any Burgundy posted by someone other than me! I have found many 12's to be shut down, however at the Hautes CdN level they may still very well be open. Cheers. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • The Veritas is a fake.  The label on the back says "Beverly ... ... lacks the English words, Red Burgundy Wine, which means it was made for the Euro market, and it might have come in through a grey market importer, might have been bought not from Wasserman or a regular channel, but from a private collector, or from a retailer over there, not i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Same Wine, Different Labels

  • In my 'importer' discussion above, JD and Fox, of course I was ... the ... the globe than winemakers in Burgundy who sell both from their own doors, and via negociants.My bad, too, on not noting the Beverly Hill (no S), though I did quickly see the different leading with the typeface and printing. Has anyone tried to chase down Verita Read More

    Forum post in the topic Same Wine, Different Labels by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • Which raises the questions of why and how the two different versions are ... ... is at all a unique setup in Burgundy, of course...Likely by local labeling law Read More

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  • Thanks, 1928966. Assuming you're in the business?So both sets of labels are ... are glued to the bottle in Burgundy. One version is for wine bottled by the vigneron, then provided to the negotiant for shipment to at least one importer in America, while the other is for wine bottled by the negotiant herself with juice from the vigneron that is n... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Same Wine, Different Labels by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

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