classify Burgundy wines is no easy task.
Burgundy offers an extraordinary
variety of appellations which has no parallel in any other wine growing region
of the world.
They range from very rich and intense reds in the north, to
lighter reds and heavy whites in the middle and light whites and few reds in the
A Red Burgundy is made from Pinot Noir grapes. Softer and fruiter than the Bordeaux, this wine yields a taste of berries, and is ideal for lighter dishes such as fish or meats with mild flavors.
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far to the north west with great white wines made from Chardonnay. Chablis Grand Cru, Chablis Premier Cru, Chablis, Petit Chablis.
Made up of a narrow band of hills 12 miles long and at
some points just 1/4 mile wide.
Morey-Saint-Denis, Chambolle Mussigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée, Nuits-Saint-Georges.
Côte de nuits
Savigny-les-Beaune, Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Monthelie, Auxey-Duresses, Saint-Romain,
Meurseault, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Santenay.
Côte de Beaune
This area constitutes one of the most beautiful wine
growing place in Burgondy with Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Rully, Mercurey, Givry,
Montagny. Côte Chalonnaise
Mâconnais vineyards mark the southern limit of Burgundy. They stretch over 22
miles, up to Saint Véran. Home
of Chardonnais. Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé, Saint-Véran.
unique grape variety, black Gamay with white juice is used for red Beaujolais. Saint-Amour,
Juliènas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié,
de Brouilly. There are two types of Beaujolais wines, both made from the Gamay
grape. For those just venturing into trying different wines, Beaujolais Nouveau
is a fresh, fruity wine released each November and eagerly snatched up by the
case. A heavier version with more concentrated flavors is simply called Beaujolais