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Wine Region: Burgundy

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Burgundy is one of the most mysterious wine regions in France.

 

Aside from Bordeaux, many of the expensive and prestigious wines in France also come from Burgundy.

As with Bordeaux, a good range of winemakers exist in Burgundy, starting from entry-level producers, to some of the most famous like Domaine de la Romanee Conti and Domaine de Montille.

Burgundy’s wine producing areas are separated into 5 sub-regions: Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, Cote Chalonnaise, Maconnais, and Chablis.

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One thing that’s peculiar about Burgundy, is that although there’s a wide range of winemakers, they create wines from a narrow range of grapes. More specifically, most of the wines are made from single varietals, such as 100% Pinot Noir for red wines, and 100% Chardonnay for white wines.

Another thing that’s peculiar in Burgundy is that a winemaker in Burgundy may own small parcels of vines spread out in different parts of the region. This is made possible because a specific vineyard can have multiple winemakers owning different plots. This fragmentation means that a winemaker can choose his plot according to whether it has promising characteristics.

With this in mind, you can contrast Burgundy’s vineyard layout against Bordeaux, where a winemaker generally has a main building (a chateau) and his whole vineyard is contained within a square area connected to that building.

Burgundian wines are expected to reflect the ‘terroir’ (climate and soil) in which the grapes were grown. This can mean very earthy red wines and zesty white wines. The microclimate can change within meters. And these ‘terroir’ changes can be so dramatic that a wine made from 2 different vineyards just a few meters apart can have a difference of 3x in price.

Similar to Bordeaux, Burgundy has its own ranking system as well. Grand Cru (Great Growth) is the highest ranking that is given to any wine. Then comes Premier Cru (First Growth), Village wines (from one of 42 villages) and regional wines.

 

Burgundy is a big subject with many different dimensions. We take a more detailed look at these elements in our future articles.


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3 take away messages:

– Burgundy red wines are made of Pinot Noir

– Burgundy white wines are made of Chardonnay

– Burgundy is divided to 5 sub-regions from north to south: Chablis, Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, Cote Chalonnaise, Maconnais

 

Our sommelier’s selection of Burgundy wines available in our online shop

 

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Wine Pairing: Burgundy Pinot Noir with Peking Duck

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Revive your senses with this majestic pairing

The Lunar New Year celebrations may largely be over, but your enjoyment of good food and drink can still continue.

If you still wish to continue with the lunar new year theme, Peking duck is a good choice. Its delicious skin, roasted and browned to a crispy finish, carries amazing flavors. Its succulent and tender meat, make it a very savoury dish to enjoy when you sink your teeth in.

The roasted duck fat is juicy and melts in your mouth. It is usually served with an earthy Hoisin sauce, and thin Mandarin “pancake”. It is indeed a very special occasion when a Peking duck is served for a meal.

Now, what kind of wine can match up to such a majestic dish?

A good clue is something to balance out the richness of the duck. The fresh acidity of a Burgundy Pinot Noir will help to cut through this richness. Its fruity, earthy notes match the Peking duck really well and they work together to give this pairing beautiful layers of complexity. Ideally, choose a wine from Cote de Nuits, the most prestigious Burgundy area.

 

Our sommelier’s selection of Burgundy wines available here including this exceptional Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Domaine Pierre Gelin, 2009 .“A sought-after estate with their wines present the best fine-dining restaurants in the world. Ony 1800 Chambertin Clos de Bèze bottles are produced, we are lucky to have it on The French Cellar. A wine of great class!” says our sommelier.

 

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Grande Route des Vins : different itineraries to discover the wines of Bourgogne

 

By bicycle, by car or on foot, explore some little-used paths to discover the wines of Bourgogne. Created just for you, the region’s tourist trails lead you straight to the door of a range of estates, cooperatives and maisons de négoce. There, you will receive a warm welcome from winegrowers and négociants, and will enjoy tasting wines and exploring the region’s rich heritage.

 

From the banks of the Yonne to La Route du Crémant, 2 tempting routes

 

Path through the vines in Morey-Saint-Denis © BIVB / IBANEZ A.

In the north of the Bourgogne winegrowing region, just 1.5 hours drive from Paris, you will find yourself on La Route Touristique des Vignobles de l’Yonne. This enchanting itinerary leads you to the heart of the Chablis and Grand Auxerrois winegrowing regions. Here, the winegrowers will be delighted to welcome you and let you share their wines, including ChablisIrancySaint-Bris and Bourgogne Tonnerre. Between tastings, you can explore paths through the vines and forest trails.

A little farther east, continue your tour on La Route du Crémant : you will enter the Châtillonnais, where Crémant de Bourgogne is king. The cellar doors are open to you so come and sample this wine with its fine bubbles, available in white and rosé versions. While you are here, explore the Châtillonnais Forest, on foot or mountain bike, and discover the region’s historic heritage. You can admire churches, abbeys and chateaus, as well as the fabulous treasure of Vix (500BC), brought to light by archeologists.

Route des Grands Crus: prestigious wines and pleasant countryside

 

© BIVB / IBANEZ A. Tourist road in the vineyard of Pommard

As you leave Dijon traveling south, you join La Route des Grands Crus, an exceptional itinerary along which you will discover the most prestigious Bourgogne wines. First, you will explore the Côte de Nuits, with its famous terroirs and renowned villages like Gevrey-Chambertin, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-Saint-Georges. Nicknamed the Champs-Elysées of the Bourgogne region, in parts, it is no more than 300 meters wide, and brings together a host of world-famous appellations like ChambertinClos de Vougeot and Romanée-Conti, to name but three.
Knock on some doors and the winemakers will invite you in to taste their unforgettable wines !

From Ladoix-Serrigny onwards, the southern part of La Route des Grands Crus covers the Côte de Beaune. Stop off at a cellar to sample some deliciousMeursault, an Aloxe-Corton or even a Chassagne-Montrachet.

Then take a tour along the Véloroute between Beaune and Santenay. This trail has been designed for cyclists and its clearly-marked path offers some stunning views over the vines. It crosses several winegrowing villages including Pommard and Volnay.

Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais: two trails to explore !

 

© BIVB / ARMELLEPHOTOGRAPHE.COM Côte de Chalonnaise

Continue your tour of the Bourgogne winegrowing region along La Route Touristique des Grands Vins. Now you are exploring the Côte Chalonnaise, to the west of Chalon-sur-Saône. The local winegrowers offer fleshy and fruity red wines like those from Rully and Mercurey, along with sophisticated white wines such as Montagny and Givry.

Get an even better perspective of the region by traveling the Voie Verte that follows the Canal du Centre and provides the perfect backdrop for a bike ride. When you reach Chalon, you can visit the fascinating Nicéphore Niépce Museum, dedicated to the inventor of photography, before stopping in at the Maison des Vins de la Côte Chalonnaise.

Here you are in the south of the Bourgogne winegrowing region. To finish your delightful tour, take La Route des Vins Mâconnais-Beaujolais, 70km north of Lyon. On your way, visit the region’s cellars to enjoy a rich palette of wines such as those lively, fresh wines from Mâcon and Viré-Clessé, or the great white wines from Pouilly-Fuissé and Saint-Véran. This poetic itinerary will also take you to Romanesque churches, chateaus and other fabulous sites like the Roche de Solutré and the Abbey of Cluny, more to the west.

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Lalou Bize-Leroy: the Queen of Burgundy

leroy3Lalou Bize-Leroy has an exceptional collection of great terroirs, 23 hectares of vines, mostly Premier and Grand Cru classified. She is producing some of the finest wines in the world.  In the past, she co-managed Domaine de la Romanée-Conti with Aubert de Villaine.

 

Michel Bettane, one of leading wine critics, said “Burgundy wines at his highest expression: Leroy, an uncomparable collection of wines that symbolize the whole know-how of Burgundy”.
Lalou Bize-Leroy is a pionneer in biodynamics and low yields, since more than 20 years. The average yield is very low, below 20 hectoliters per hectare.

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The French Cellar has the chance and the privilege to propose two exceptional wines from Lalou Bize-Leroy.

 

VROur sommelier Nicolas Rebut says that Vosne-Romanée Les Genaivrières, Domaine Leroy 2009 is a  “great wine that I had the opportunity to taste several times in his youth and after a few years of aging. Each tasting is a surprise and an intense moment of excitement“.

 

Nuits Saint-Georges Bas de Combe, Domaine Leroy, 2007 is an exceptional wine with stunning, and astonishing palate. “A very high class Pinot Noir” according to our sommelier.

 

These wines are also available in our shop at a very competitive price.

 

More about Domaine Leroy on www.domaine-leroy.com