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.
jamessuckling.com, 94 points: Very attractive aromas of ripe white and yellow peaches here with a gently glossy edge and lightly toasty and flinty nuances. The palate has such richness and composure with a fleshy, smooth build to the long, lemon and...
Wine Enthusiast, 90 points: A rich, spicy, new wood-flavored wine from a unique parcel of white grapes next to the famed Clos de Vougeot. The wine is big, rich and densely flavored, packed with fresh apricots, and finishes with a hint of caramel.
Wine & Spirits, 92 points: This two-acre walled vineyard once belonged to the Benedictine priory of the abbey of St-Germain-des-Prés in Paris. The chardonnay vines face east, where they border the Vouge stream, growing in calcareous soil with a lot...
Vinous, 91 points: (89-91)Bright light yellow. Expressive nose combines pear, honey, menthol and flowers. Ripe, fine-grained and nicely concentrated, showing more gras than the Chaumées "Clos de la Truffière" but also healthy acidity and...
Vinous, 93 points: (VN 92-93 points) Bright medium yellow. Deep, smoky yet discreet aromas of ripe citrus and stone fruits and crushed rock. A superconcentrated sweet-salty wine with lovely nectarine, citrus and spice flavors. The wine's...
Decanter, 94 points: Tighter and better balanced than the Drouhins' Les Embazées premier cru in 2017, this is entirely sourced from the prestigious Laguiche holdings. It has a beautifully judged combination of leesy texture, aromatic spices...
Wine Spectator, 92 points: This white is lush, exuding peach, lemon, apple tart and baking spice aromas and flavors. Well-proportioned, if in need of some time to integrate more fully, with a long, complex aftertaste combining fruit, mineral and...
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
Wine Spectator, 90 points: Lush and expressive, offering lemon cake, peach, baking spice and honey flavors. Vibrant acidity adds drive midpalate, building to a long, spicy finish. Drink now through 2024. 145 cases made, 30 cases imported. — BS
Wine Spectator, 91 points: This is spicy, boasting vanilla, nutmeg, clove and butterscotch flavors, with lemon and apple notes underneath. Elegant and lean, echoing the spiciness on the lingering aftertaste. Best from 2019 through 2028. – BS
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