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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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...

  • Vivant

  • 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...

  • Négrette

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits

    The Cotes de Nuits appellation refers to vineyards on or close to the Cote d'Or slope north of ...

  • Mâconnais

      The Maconnais is the southernmost part of Burgundy, if you don’t count Beaujolais. It is b...

  • Bourgogne-aligoté

  • Bourgogne Chardonnay

      Chardonnay is a simple blank canvas of a grape, and one has to train it to taste a certain...

Popular Wineries in Burgundy View all

  • Bouchard Père et Fils

    Contrary to many wine growing regions, one of the particularities of Burgundy is the complete lac...

  • Labouré-Roi

    The House of Laboure-Roi dates back to 1832, when it was founded in the town of Nuits-Saint-Georg...

  • 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 Parent

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

  • Cordier

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

  • Château de Chassagne-Montrachet

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Domaine Dupré Mâcon-Villages 2007

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... town of Macon in southern Burgundy My bottle comes from a small family owned concern in that area.I started my bottle last night with my supper of fish cakes. It is a dry wine. There is plenty of a melon and peach style fruit with hints of citrus,vanilla and butter. It was a good match for the ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I have enjoyed [and reviewed for Snooth] quite a few Burgundies,but not this ... It is possible to have nice Burgundy for under £20 per bottle especially on the www.bidforwine.co.uk site. I have a steak about once a month and I usually open a bottl;e th Read More

    Forum post in the topic Burgundy on a Budget


  • For the first installment, here's one of the best deals I've found in a ... a while, a true classic Red Burgundy from Nuits St. Georges from Domaine Robert Chevillon.I can remember trying the 2010 on release, which was really the first year I dived in to Burgundy, and that 2010 Chevillon is still up there with the best and most memorable villag... Read More

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  • It's because of the likes of GDP and Snooth regulars like us, among many ... talking about Bordeaux and Burgundy and Napa reds and even Australian shiraz instead. Prices were still reasonable up through the end of the '90s then started upticking last decade and the curve has steepened this. I was able to buy a lot of good bottles for a relativ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The wine geeks holy grail, I... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Burgundy on a Budget.  You get to write that column.  I have to say, $50-60 is not exactly budget in my world, but I drink wine every night.  If you bargain shop Chablis 1ers, which is pretty much all the Chardonnay I consume, you can get really good things for $25 or so.  It does have to be opportunistic. Looking at my CT, looks like my Burgund... Read More

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  • Fox, I disagree that Burgundy is for impressing your friends. Besides, that's a point GregT has already made well known.Sure the most expensive wines of the world are Burgundies, and compared to Bordeaux the prized vineyards and wines are small and low production. However, if you enjoy drinking Burgundy, there's a way to do it well without spend... Read More

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  • OT, I'm not saying you should come around.  Where you live, there are ... for your friends, buy some Burgundy.Did you list the prices you paid?  Are you willing to do so?  I guess I could just check their wine list if it's online; I seem to recall looking at it when I first heard of the place.  Sounds like putting yourself in the hands of the ... Read More

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  • Okay, I still disagree.  We have a good selection of European wines here, ... Bordeaux, North Berkeley for Burgundy, WineHouse for Burgundy and Bordeaux, Kermit Lynch for Rhones, Flatiron for Italian and Sherry, Wally's and Woodland Hills for many things... but all those would require leaving Napa and Sonoma.  The Portugese wine store in Fremo... Read More

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  • Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard Savigny les Beaune 2011

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... on the Cotes de Beaune in Burgundy. There are 22 Premier Cru vineyards but no Grand Cru. My bottle is not one of them but a village level wine from the small family producer of Domaine Jean-Jacques Girard.I started my bottle last night with my steak supper. There is plenty of a raspberry... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Bouchard Père & Fils Mâcon-Lugny St Pierre 2015

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    This modestly priced Macon from the commune of Lugny is highly representative ... ... of the style of southern Burgundy with a slightly spicy apple nose and a buttery, apple entry, with a moderate, nutshell finish. Above average and from a good vintage. Best of all, the price is right. 8 Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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