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, 91 points: This is rich and buttery, evoking peach, honey, spice and mineral aromas and flavors. Delivers nice complexity and a long, citrus-, stone- and spice-filled finish. Drink now through 2023. 200 cases imported.–BS
Decanter, 91 points: This is one of the most attractive Chablis wines on the market. The Tête d’Or comes from selected parcels advantageously sited near to premier and grand cru sites, given just a whisper of oak. Fresh, light and flowery...
Vinous, 94 points: (92-94) Light yellow, but without the green tinge of some of the other 2016s at this address. Distinctly ripe, buttery aromas of soft citrus and tropical fruits show a slightly exotic character. Thick, creamy-sweet and...
Vinous, 95 points: (92-95) (malo finished): Bright yellow. Candied lime, underripe pineapple and white peach on the nose, complicated by notes of bergamot and crushed stone. Plush and intense but youthfully reserved, conveying savory...
Burghound, 92 points: (90-92) Enough reduction is present to push the underlying fruit to the background. Otherwise there is a similar sense of energy to the slightly rounder and softer medium-bodied flavors that aren't quite as mineral-driven...
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 93 points: (WA 91-93 points) The 2016 Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru les Pucelles has a more flamboyant bouquet compared to the Champs Gain and Les Clavoillons, just a slight reduction here but there are plenty of citrus fruits laced...
Wine Spectator, 92 points: Ripe, featuring peach, apple, floral and waxy aromas and flavors, this white stays round and juicy. Well-integrated, with juicy peach and apple notes lingering on the aftertaste. Drink now through 2024.–BS
Wine Spectator, 95 points: Enticing aromas and flavors of butter, peach, honey, seashore and spice are the hallmarks of this beautifully balanced white. Vibrant and built to age a bit, with a complex, lingering aftertaste. Drink now through 2028...
jamessuckling.com, 92 points: A sophisticated Chablis with real concentration and sophistication. The citrus, floral and delicate, smoky notes are wrapped around a firm, mineral core. A long and rather complete finish. Drink or hold.
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