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.
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, 95 points: Very sexy aromas of apple, wild herbs, spices and soil. Boasts outstanding breadth and sweetness, with lovely savory complexity to the flavors of medicinal herbs, citrus fruits and powdered stone. Really superb tension in...
Wine Spectator, 93 points: A hint of licorice and green olive flits around the core of peach, melon and vanilla. Concentrated and well-proportioned, with a lingering aftertaste of lemon, mineral and spice. Best from 2017 through 2025. 100 cases...
Wine Spectator, 93 points: A concentrated white, boasting peach, floral, spice and lemon aromas and flavors. There is density here, but also a sense of style and freshness thanks to the lively acidity. Offers a long, savory aftertaste. Best from...
Wine Spectator, 90 points: This is laced with peach, lemon and spice flavors, all accented by toasty vanilla and pastry notes. Vibrant acidity keeps this fresh and long on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 298 cases imported.
Wine Spectator, 93 points: A racy style, this white is sleek and intense, with acacia and
lime blossom notes leading the way for lemon, peach, spice and
mineral flavors. Harmonious and long, with a mouthwatering finish.
Delicious now, but should...
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 93 points: (WA91-93 points) The 2014 Chassagne Montrachet 1er Cru les Chenevottes has a clean and precise bouquet, very intense with apricot and orange blossom that instantly seduces. The palate is crisp and taut, fine salinity here...
Burghound, 91 points: (BH89-91 points) The slightly curious nose mixes reduction and floral aromas. On the plus side there is an excellent sense of underlying tension and detail to the utterly delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess a...
Wine Spectator, 92 points: Balance and texture are the hallmarks of this sleek white. Peach,
apple, floral and spice flavors mesh with the creamy profile and
lively acidity. Fine length. Drink now through 2023. — B.S.
Burghound, 93 points: (BH90-93 points) Here there are no such issues as the elegant, layered and ripe nose is completely clean while offering up notes of hazelnut, citrus, pear and acacia blossom. Once again there is fine concentration and...
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