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.
View From The Cellar, 91 points: The 2015 Pouilly-Vinzelles from Maison Joseph Drouhin is a fine, fine follow-up to their excellent 2014 version. This too had its malo partially blocked in 2015 and was thirty percent barrel-fermented in this vintage. The...
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...
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...
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.
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, 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...
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, 92 points: (89-92 points) The rockiest nose so far of these 2015s, with complicating notes of citrus zest, pineapple and lime blossom. Fine-grained, nicely delineated and adamantly dry; a mineral bath in the mouth, with a repeating...
Wine Spectator, 96 points: A picture of power and restraint, this white evokes peach, melon,
lemon cake and stone flavors. Turns more elegant, gliding to a
lingering conclusion. Cuts a swath of lemon and mineral notes on
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 92 points: (90-92 points) The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Garenne has an attractive bouquet: red apple, pear drop and citrus fruit, reserved but growing in stature in the glass. The palate is fresh and vibrant with a clean line...
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