The name Burgundy (Bourgogne in French) comes from the Burundians, an ancient Germanic people originating in Bornholm who settled in the area during the early Middle Ages.
Burgundy’s best red and white wines set the gold standard for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. At the top of their game, Burgundy wines are acknowledged as some of the most aromatically complex, seductive and silky on the globe. This thanks in part to their indescribable melding of fruits, flowers, minerals, and earth, as well as their facility in projecting an authoritative flavor sans excess weight.
Unfortunately, for many, the best Burgundies are only produced in limited numbers. Burgundy wines can spell trouble for the non-connoisseur—there are still many examples of less than stellar, overpriced bottles for sale. This fact is due to the nature of the region’s vineyard ownership. An individual, small premier cru vineyard may be subdivided amongst a dozen or more owners. These owners may produce everything from plonk to exceptional wines—all at the same price—depending on the skills of the producer.
The Côte d'Or, or "golden slope," is the in heart of Burgundy and is home to the region’s most famous, and pricey, wines. This 30-mile-long ribbon of vineyards is where all the Grand Cru vineyards (except for Chablis Grand Cru) are found. The Côte d'Or lies just south of Dijon extending to Chagny. The greater Burgundy region also envelopes Chablis to the northern extreme, while the Côte Chalonnaise and Maconnais regions are located to the south of the Côte d'Or. Beaujolais, at the extreme southern end of the Burgundy region, almost touches the outreaches of Lyon.
Burghound, 92 points: As it always is, this is finer and more elegant if not as powerful with its upper register mineral-infused white flower nose and round, rich and focused flavors that exude class and grace. This is an impressive wine yet...
Burghound, 93 points: A markedly reduced nose only grudgingly offers up mature notes of honeysuckle and acacia blossom that introduce sweet, rich and beautifully complex middle weight flavors of impressive purity and vibrancy with excellent...
Burghound, 91 points: I often find this wine to be dramatically big and powerful but to lack nuance and grace but in 2004, this is not the case. No, it is not as elegant as the Ile de Vergelesses but apart from that, there is more of...
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, 93 points: Ripe fruit-driven aromas of candied lemon peel grapefruit and apple with a whiff of fermentation character. Plump silky and sweet with an impressive chewiness and volume for the vintage. Broadens out like a grand cru on...
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