Around a hundred appellations d’origine in a region representing barely 3% of French wine-growing areas. The diversity and typicity of Burgundy wines are based on a very varied terroir shaped over time by man.
In fact, Burgundy wine reflects several centuries of know-how.
It was in the Middle Ages that the monastic orders laid the foundations for today’s Burgundy wine. The “climats”, names given to the region’s typical terroirs, appeared at this time. The notion of “climat”, which defines both a vineyard plot and its characteristics and the associated wine traditions and history, has been classified since 2015 as World Heritage by Unesco.
And Burgundy has nearly 600 “climats”! In this patchwork of terroirs, two main grape varieties flourish: Chardonnay for white Burgundy and Pinot Noir for red Burgundy. Other grape varieties are also present in smaller proportions, such as Aligoté, César, Gamay and Sauvignon.
The very wide range of Burgundy wines is therefore the fruit of the meeting between “climats” favourable to the development of the vines, grape varieties adapted to their environment and the know-how of winegrowers born of a long historical tradition. The extraordinary diversity of the terroirs of Burgundy wines goes hand in hand with international renown.
What wine lover doesn’t know Chablis, Nuits Saint-Georges or Côtes de Beaune?
At first glance, it may seem difficult to find your way among the hundred appellations of Burgundy wines that exist. Their classification, which is based on 4 categories, is nevertheless easy to understand.
First, there are the regional AOCs, six in number, for example AOC Bourgogne Aligoté. These appellations include wines from the main regions of wine-growing Burgundy and represent half of the production.
Then come the communal appellations, also called villages. AOC Bourgogne (Burgundy) wines are obtained from vines planted in a defined geographical area comprising one or more towns: Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet, Chablis wine… There are 44 communal appellations in Burgundy which represent about a third of its production.
In these communal regions, certain “climats” stand out for their qualities and particular characteristics. They allow the production of highly renowned fine wines bearing the appellation premier cru de Bourgogne. A Meursault premier Cru, a Chablis premier Cru or even Pommard premier Cru are among the wines much appreciated by wine lovers for their aromatic palate of great richness and finesse.
Finally, there are the vins de Bourgogne d’exception (exceptional Burgundy wines), the Grands Crus, obtained from the best “climats”. They make up just 1 to 2% of Burgundy vineyards, but their fame has long spread beyond the borders of France. Grand Cru Montrachet, Chambertin Grand Cru, Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru… So many names that set you dreaming.
Burgundy has 5 main wine regions. The region of Chablis and Yonne is the most northerly. The Chablis vineyards in the north produce white Burgundy wine which stands out for its elegant minerality. The Chablis Premier Cru and Chablis Grand Cru appellations are particularly renowned.
Next comes a region that produces a red Burgundy character wine of exceptional quality, the Côte de Nuits. This narrow strip of hillsides is mainly home to Pinot Noir and has 8 Bourgogne 1er Cru and Grand Cru appellations. Here, you’ll find such prestigious wines as Chambertin Grand Cru and Nuit Saint Georges, Clos-de-Vougeot and Romanée-Conti.
Just south of this region, the Côte de Beaune is best known for its great dry white Burgundy wines. The prestigious Grand Cru Montrachet, Meursault Grand Cru and Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru come from its terroirs. The region also produces red wines appreciated for their more rounded aromatic complexity, such as Pommard premier cru.
Further south, the Côte Chalonnaise produces highly regarded white and red wines such as Mercurey and Rully. Finally, Le Mâconnais is known for its white wines such as Pouilly-Fussé. We’ll now let you discover our Burgundy Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines specially selected for you.
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