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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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

  • Maison Louis Jadot

      Maison Louis Jadot is a winery that’s proud of its heritage and land. Founded in 1859 by L...

  • Château de Chassagne-Montrachet

    We have kept the Peugeot motorcycle which Michel Picard used to travel throughout Burgundy when h...

  • Albert Bichot

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

  • Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret

    The village of Vosne Romanée entered in the Burgundy history in 636. Il was at the beginning of t...

  • Louis Latour

    The Latours have been vintners in Burgundy since the 17th century, slowly building a unique Do...

  • Château de Pommard

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • I've taken the liberty of posting a portion of Kermit Lynch's most ... ... his plate, though this fine Burgundy is mostly aƒordable to mo- guls who unlike me don’t have the time to hunt woodcock, grouse, doves, quail, and Hungarian partridge. Since I love wild food and wine I have been kept active in the sporting life by these addictions. I wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Harrison on a life with wine by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • I've got some fungus on my feet that is even older, and traces its roots ... ... area, like Lombardy or Burgundy or some prefecture in Japan) are these wells?  You say you are in Turkey, but what kind of project is going on? Not really sure that this makes any sense--if there's value to the yeast, wouldn't you be talking to one of these labs ... Read More

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  • Bouchard Aine & Fils Savigny les Beaune Blanc 2011


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    Wine review by ub32965

  • California Chardonnay has gone through a transformation over the years. It was ... ... wine that could rival Burgundy producers who'd been making wine for centuries. But during the 1990's, a lot of experimentation in the California wine market took place. The ideologies wanted to reflect American culture and aimed to create a bigger more flav... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Journey of the Chardonnay...

  • We had a white wine from Viserny last week. That's Viserny there in the ... ... live in the heart of Burgundy on high ground known as the Auxois. It's the French continental divide, so rivers flow off from here to the Med, to the Atlantic or the North Sea. For this, Burgundy has always been an area of passage, and the Auxois one of the few pl... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Vines in the Auxois Hills...

  • Pouilly-Fuisse 2009


    Soft, Elegant with a hint of fruit to make it interesting. A perfect match for Chicken Picatta. Read More

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  • Domaine du Val Grevin 'Les Dannots ' Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne Epineuil 2011


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington ... of Epineuil in northern Burgundy located just north of Tonnerre about 20 miles east of Auxerre was given the official right to add its name to that of Bourgogne on wine labels although this had actually been going on since the 1930's.My bottle was made by the Masson family at ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau des Reyssiers Regnie 2010


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Chateau de Chamirey Clos du Roi Mercurey Premier Cru 2010


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  • Totally. I can't make any kind of a principled argument against allowing ... is why I'm so amused by Burgundy and Bordeaux and Champagne. Damn I wish I could clearly identify with one side or the other like we do with politic Read More

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