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, 90 points: A spicy version, boasting vanilla- and clove-studded black cherry. Polished and expressive, with a fine, lingering finish. Best from 2018 through 2027. 20 cases imported.
Burghound, 91 points: There is enough wood to notice surrounding the earthy and brooding dark berry fruit and game suffused aromas. As one might reasonably expect there is markedly better richness and mid-palate concentration to the...
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Vinous, 93 points: (93+ points) Bright medium yellow. Perfumed, highly complex nose melds orange zest, minerals, white pepper and noble herbs. Juicy, spicy and tightly wound, with outstanding energy currently keeping the wine's fat fruit...
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 92 points: The 2012 Nuits St Georges les Didiers Cuvee Hospice de Nuits has a very generous and quite intense iodine and black cherry nose, although it seems incongruous with that carapace of new oak dominating the aromatics. The...
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, 91 points: (17.5/20) Sunny vintage. Grapes bought in from Renardes. Fermented in cask, that is rolled each day.
Transparent garnet with definite evolution. Rich and sweet. Flattering yet with a kick on the finish. Open, sweet and...
Vinous, 94 points: (91-94 points) (from a warm southern exposure in the lieu-dit Combe d'Orveaux; aging in two-thirds new oak): Medium red. Aromas of red cherry, cinnamon and earth. Silky, suave and sweet, with a slightly candied quality to...
Vinous, 92 points: The 2012 Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru contains 60% whole clusters. It has a voluminous bouquet, quite lush and generous, although not as complex or as cerebral as the 2013. The palate is zest, almost effervescent on...
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