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 Enthusiast, 95 points: This wine's nose is a picture of subtlety. Hints of blossom, chalk, pear and lemon are so tender you feel you have to sniff again and again. The palate becomes a picture of smooth, gentle harmony and depth. Freshness...
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Wine Enthusiast, 94 points: The gentle nose on this wine combines the slight flintiness of reduction with ethereal dried yarrow. The palate is multi-dimensional with yeast, lemon, chalk and saltiness. Subtle texture and scented freshness are...
Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy, 95 points: (92-95 points) Old vines. Rich lively purple. The sturdiest nose of the three Beaune 1ers crus, the most backward. The fruit is formidably structured on the palate, dark fruit to finish, even some blackberry but this has...
Decanter, 95 points: This isn’t strictly speaking a domaine wine from Joseph Drouhin, but the contract with the Marquis de Laguiche is so long that it might as well be. Showing impressive concentration, yeasty, textured weight, delightful 25%...
Wine Spectator, 93 points: Well-defined aromas and flavors of strawberry, cherry, rose and stone are the hallmarks of this expressive red. It firms up nicely, yet remains poised and sophisticated, with fruit, tobacco and iron accents lingering on...
Decanter, 96 points: The Grivot family's parcel of Clos de Vougeot covers a pretty substantial 1.86ha and runs from the bottom of the Grand Cru up to the Château de la Tour on mixed soils. Matured in 30% new wood, it's a fine, elegant...
Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy, 93 points: (90-93 points) Lovely pale lemon, much more nose here than the straight Meursault, fresh lemon and verbena, significant oak in the background, with excellent length.
Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy, 92 points: Pale but attractive colour. There is a good weight of fruit to the nose. This is discreet up front but builds towards the back very nicely. There is just a little youthful bitterness at the back and good length.
Wine Spectator, 90 points: Luscious cherry, blackberry and toasty spice flavors highlight this juicy red, which is immediately appealing, and though not that complex or long, makes you want another sip. Fine balance. Drink now. 200 cases imported. — BS
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