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

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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

  • Négrette

  • 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...

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 Chassagne-Montrachet

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

  • Labouré-Roi

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

  • Albert Bichot

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

  • Domaine Daniel Rion et Fils

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

  • Charles de Valliere

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

  • Antonin Rodet

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

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Burgundy on Snooth

  • Perfect. Thanks OUTTHERE, Read More

    Forum post in the topic Single Varietal vs. Bordeaux...

  • "Pisoni, Rosella's, Gary's. Keefer Ranch, Cargassaci.."Of those 4 only Keefer is in Sonoma. County. The other 3 in SLH, Santa Barbara. Oops! A lot of cellar worthy CA Pinot comes from Anderson Valley Read More

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  • USA Values?  I strongly believe that the optimal "Cellaring Worthy" USA Wines for the value lye in Sonoma County Pinot Noirs.. 2012 Gobble them up... Pisoni, Rosella's, Gary's. Keefer Ranch, Cargassaci.. possible @ 45-90 USD$$Vineyard Specific; Vintage Specific (SLH and SRH and Sonoma Coast or Russian River)  Pinot's are Value and Worthy in my o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Single Varietal vs. Bordeaux...

  • Louis Latour Duet Chardonnay Viognier 2012


    This was a great mid-weight wine with apple and citrus notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Vincent Girardin Pommard Vieilles Vignes 2010


    http://www.vincentgirardin.com/fr/#/LesVins/54 Read More

    Wine review by MacGillavry

  • Well Al, that all depends on you. The vintage wasn't too bad - they had ... world, they need to emulate Burgundy in some way. It is the only time I'm aware of in which Germans seem to feel somehow inferior to the French and it's quite ironic because 100 years ago those German whites were much more highly prized than anything from Burgundy.In a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic German Wines

  • Thanks for the Pinot info JD & GT.  I might just try a few more Pinot's from the Burgundy region of France (it's been a while since I've had some French wine).  We'll be on that Viking River Cruise down the Rhone starting in mid-April, only a few months away - that will give me an opportunity to get the inside scoop on the French wines as we are... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • DAD, it means that the wine isn't very heavy and has a certain quality that ... read into it (see DMcker on Burgundy for that one) can really perceive it.  Right up there with "precise" and "delineated."In other words, a nonsense word.  But very popular. I talked to a guy who insisted that the only meaningful distinction was between red fruits ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology

  •  It's good. I love the color. Deep, rich burgundy red. Hard to see all my fingers through the glass. When I pulled the cork, the first scent was grape (Duh). Like a typical red grape you would get at the grocery store. It has a low aromatic intensity. I wasn't able to pull much out of it aside from ripe strawberry, cranberry and red grape. The l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • If you can find a copy of the Wine Lovers Companion, a nice book small enough ... Noir, say) or the region (Burgundy, where a red is probably made from Pinot Noir), you just look up the word in the main body.  Great book for beginners and pretty much up to wherever wine takes you.  If the term belongs in another section, it refers you there. D... Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology

  • DUJAC CLOS DENIS '05 SERIOUSLY INTENSE Heavily Blackcherried, herby,firm and authoratative, but never coarse and over-rustic. A SMOKY DREAM WITH JUICY OUTCOME!!! Quite satisfying to a sophisticated palate!

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  • A Big week ahead of us in Burgundy: HARVEST! I uploaded a couple of pictures taken Sunday Sept. 14 in Clos Vougeot and Gevrey Chambertin areas. Enjoy!

    Comment by 254394Wines Travel 254394 Wines Travel

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