Wines come from a specific and prestigious region of France that starts in Chablis from the north and continues south to Corteauz-de-Lyonnais. The varied land and climate of the region produces wines with specific flavors and aromas, making these wines some of the most aromatic and flavorful in the world. There are five specific regions dedicated to producing wines:
Chablis: With the help of the Serein River and the changing climate, the Chardonnay grapes produced here contain a warmth and crispness that reflects the harsh winters and hot summers. The concentration of limestone works as a natural purifier creating the crispness for which Chablis wines are known.
- Cote de Nuits: Running along the eastern slopes of the region and home to the world’s most expensive vineyards, this area is known for its well-aged Pinot Noirs. The concentration of walnut groves in the area adds to the earthy notes found in its wines.
- Cote de Beaune: Known as the heart of Burgundy’s wine community, this is home to some of the most sought-after Chardonnay wines in the world. The southern exposure of this region adds to the warmth of the grapes helping to create that well-known Chardonnay finish.
- Cote Chalonnaise: This more northern region has become primarily devoted to the Aligote grape variety that creates a light, floral wine for the Burgundy region. With over a dozen different types of soil, this area easily supports growth of multiple grape varieties as well as other fruits that help to create delicious wines.
- Maconnais: As the southern-most growing area of the region, Maconnais is home to some very well-structured Chardonnays. The extended harvest season allows for the influence of citrus and stone fruits to help create a soft, aromatic wine.
The two most popular categories of Burgundy Wines are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, while other popular sub-regions include Chablis and Beaujolais.
- Pinot Noir: a dry red wine with flavors focused from ripe red berries to black cherries. The tannins are not overbearing but firm in this variety of wine from the Burgundy area. The paramount Pinot Noirs come from the wines region and are well worth the price. The highest concentration of Pinot Noir produced in the area comes from Cote de Nuits with notes of black currant paired with the earthiness of regional mushrooms to complement the sweet berries flavors.
- Chardonnay: dry white wine often classified by its buttery finish. Cote de Beaune, the heart of Burgundy’s wine commerce, is home to some of the world’s fullest-flavored and most desirable Chardonnays. These wines are complex with a full-bodied fruitiness leaving a silky yet crisp finish.
Wines contain a wide range of vintages, some of which are very exclusive and difficult to find in different areas of the world. When selecting wines, be sure to read the tasting notes and don’t feel shy about asking our experts to assist you in selecting the best possible choice for your palate.