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.
Wine Spectator, 92 points: A pure, lean style, exhibiting flavors of apple, lemon and sweet baking spices, with a hint of butterscotch. Taut and resonant, featuring a long, expanding finish. Best from 2019 through 2025. 200 cases imported.
Wine Spectator, 93 points: Good underlying mineral and a firm structure set the stage for peach, melon, apple and lemon flavors here. Balanced, elegant and long on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 166 cases imported.
View From The Cellar, 92 points: The 2015 Puligny villages from the domaine is really excellent and reminds me very much of the 1992 version in its youth. The bouquet is pure, complex and very expressive, wafting from the glass in a blend of pear...
Burghound, 90 points: Notes of smoky reduction presently overshadow the underlying fruit and soft wood aromas. There is also a touch of wood present on the big-bodied, concentrated and muscular flavors that possess good power on the rustic...
Wine Spectator, 93 points: A fresh style, with a gossamer texture framing lemon, apple and
white peach flavors. Accents of baking spices and mineral add
depth as this unfolds to a long, intense aftertaste. Best from 2019 to
2025. — B.S.
Burghound, 93 points: (BH91-93 points) This is noticeably more reserved with its pure nose of green fruit, mineral reduction and sea shore scents. The palate impression of the slightly more voluminous flavors manages to combine richness with...
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 91 points: Jadot's 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Garenne from the holdings of the Domaine du Duc de Magenta is a very nice example of the vintage, opening in the glass with aromas of vanilla pod, brioche, preserved...
Vinous, 91 points: An aroma of orange zest is lifted by fresh minerality. At once delicate and intense, offering juicy, sharply delineated citrus and stone flavors and superb inner-mouth tension for village wine. Finish with terrific...
Burghound, 94 points: (91-94) There is enough reduction to blur the distinctions of the fruit but not enough to mask the copious citrus elements. Here too there is terrific intensity to the racy and strongly mineral-driven medium weight...
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