Burgundy, France, WINE

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Arguably the world's most revered wine region, the name Burgundy is evocative of so many superlatives that's its futile to list them all. The red Pinot Noir wines and white Chardonnay wines from France's landlocked, continental east stand squarely in the pantheon of the world's finest. The region's fame is centered on its various geographical and climatic expressions of very specific vineyard sites through the medium of two grapes. Indeed, the term terroir seems to be have coined specifically to describe this phenomenon. The broad Bourgogne AOC designation encompasses so many sub-zones, villages, and single-vineyards that entire tomes have been written throughout the centuries attempting to explain it in all its intricacies.

The region's finest wines come from the long, east facing slope of the Côte d'Or, which is further divided into two main sections. The northern section of Côte de Nuits contains the most cherished Pinot Noir vineyards in the world. Up and down the slope, differnt patches of marlstone and clay overlay the limestone crest of the Côte, and numerous pockets and gentle folds create an array of slope aspects. Travelling south down the Côte, the villages of Marsanny and Fixin are a good introduction to the landscape of the Côte de Nuits, and although the wines are not nearly as refined or revered as those further south, they offer a rustic, savage edge that is distinct to their particularly iron-rich soils. The village of Gevrey is the beginning of a truly stunning run of excellence, with wines known for power, depth, and the longest lives of any Pinot Noir in the world. The highlight is the Grand Cru complex of Chambertin. While all plots bearing the name are considered excellent, Chambertin itself is the apex of power in Burgundy. Morey-St-Denis is an afterthought sandwiched between its more illustrious neighbors, but this tiny commune boasts five of the twenty-two red Grand Crus on the Côte, and the overall village style is similar to that of Gevrey, but without quite such intense stucture. Chambolle-Musigny is one of the crown jewels of Burgundy, thanks in large part to the Musigny Grand Cru, one of the three or four greatest vineyard sites in the world, period. The wines from this village are the epitome of elegance and grace, quite the opposite of its neighbors to the north. Moving south through the village of Flagey and the lesser Grands Crus of Echezeaux and Clos de Vougeot, greatness again rears its head. The Grand Cru and Premier Cru plots in Vosne-Romanée are among the finest, most expensive lands under vine in the entire world, and rightly so. The wines of Vosne-Romanée combine elements of spicy concentration and sappy texture with the most suave finesse imaginable. The profile is truly indescribable. The commune of Nuits-St-Georges can claim no Grands Crus, but the best sites in this village can certainly rival the lesser Grands Crus for complexity and ageworthiness, as the wines display a certain fortitude reminiscient of Gevrey-Chambertin.

After a brief break in prime vineyard land, the Côte de Beaune resumes the line of great sites at Corton, a prominent, solitary, conical hill, which has vines on all sides. The eastern slope is covered by secondary red Grand Cru plots, but its true claim to fame are the white Grands Crus on the south slope, centered around Le Charlemagne. On the backside of the hill, across from its western slope, the small village of Pernand-Vergelesses is quietly producing racy, if a bit rustic, red wines from cool, east-facing vineyards. One of a handful of side valleys running west off the main slope of the Côte, Savigny-les-Beaune is another lesser-known village that is nonetheless making some of Burgundy's best value wines for their prices. The village of Beaune in the centerpiece of all of Burgundy, its commercial and cultural heart. The vineyards above the village are predominantly Pinot Noir, but there are also some very admirable Chardonnay plantings among the red vines. The wines are typically gentle, medium-full examples with plenty of charm and mid-term life spans, but without the depth or complexity of the Côte de Nuits. Pommard's iron-rich red soils impart a stern tannic streak to the wines, which is not generally countered by any level elegance. Rather, these wines are brooding, darkly structured, and stout, but just across the AOC line, the soils abruptly change to limestone, and the red wines from Volnay, though lighter and racier, are exemplary of the perfumed elegance that this terroir brings to its wines. Up another side valley outside of the town of Meursault, the villages of Monthelie, Auxey-Duresses, and St-Romain are produce compelling red wines and very enjoyable whites. The Meursault AOC itself is on the same limestone bed as Volnay and, although there are no Grands Crus here, the best premier cru sites yield white wines of softer, richer texture and long, perfumed flavour profiles. The next two village AOCs lay claim to the greatest white wine vineyard in the world. Puligny-Montrachet, just south of Meursault, is apogee of refinement, elegance, and finesse in white Burgundy. Beginning with the ultimate white Grand Cru, Le Montrachet, the top vineyards here produce wines with bright structure, medium weight, and ethereal mineral and floral character. Chassagne-Montrachet to the south contains about a third of the area of the Montrachet Grand Cru complex, but this village is at least as well known for its rustic red wines. The white wines do not display the richness of Meursault or the finesse of Puligny, but they still show tremendously appealing floral and nutty components backed by firm, acidic structure. The red wine village of Santenay marks the southern terminus of the Côte d'Or, where the wines are generally well-made, but lack the profundity of those from the best villages to the north.

To the immediate south of the Côte d'Or lies the rolling, pastoral hills of the Côte Chalonnaise, similar to Beaune in soil type, but at a higher elevation and without the defined ridge line. A great volume of both red and white wines are produced here, with wide ranges of quality, but the best tend to come from the villages of Montagny, Rully, Givry, and Mercurey. Some 35km south is the white wine hotbed of Mâconnais. Limestone bedrock and slightly warmer climate favor Chardonnay over all else, and some of the Côte d'Or's best producers are now staking claims around the villages of St-Véran, Viré-Clessé, and most notably, Pouilly-Fuissé.

At either end of the main stretch of Burgundy lie two highly distinctive AOCs with very particular specialties. Approximately 100km northwest of Dijon is the village of Chablis, where ancient sea beds form the distinctive Kimmeridgian limestone soils that give the Chardonnay wines their highly specific character — clean, chalky minerality and dancing, electric acidity. The finest premier cru wines, and even some Grands Crus, are among the greatest price-to-quality wines in Burgundy, and the regional style has attracted a devoted, almost fanatical following from aficionados. The nearby red wine AOC of Irancy does much the same for Pinot Noir.

South of Mâcon, the Beaujolais AOC is technically part of Burgundy, but really only on paper. The heavy, granitic soils are best suited to the Gamay grape, yielding lightly fruity, highly mineral, elegant wines, in general. Vineyard plantings are widespread, but the best wines come from ten specific communes under the Beaujolais Cru designation. Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, and Côte de Brouilly produce the most profound wines with the best aging potential, while Fleurie and Regnie are the epitome of elegance and finesse here.

Burgundy is without question the most complex, byzantine, and often confusing region in France, but it's also without question the most rewarding. Every serious wine lover can point the moment in which they discovered the impossible greatness of these wines. When one descends down the Burgundy rabbit hole, the world wine is turned on its head.

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96 points Decanter: Open and pleasant nose showing pretty floral and ripe red berry fruit along with spicy oak. The palate is elegant and juicy with red apple, beetroot and dried cranberry flavours, crunchy, ripe tannins and a chalky undertone. Very fine, tasty and well handled. (Decanter World Wine… ...
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Jadot Beaune 1er cru Anniversary (Celebration) 2015  (#331585)

Pinot Noir from Beaune, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

96 points Decanter: Open and pleasant nose showing pretty floral and ripe red berry fruit along with spicy oak. The palate is elegant and juicy with red apple, beetroot and dried cranberry flavours, crunchy, ripe tannins and a chalky undertone. Very…

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90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin Village, whose vines are now approaching an average of 50-years and is matured in 30% new oak, offers a mixture of red and black fruit infused with scents of wet clay (potter's wheel?) and undergrowth, the latter probably emanating… ...
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Esmonin/Sylvie Gevrey-Chambertin 2016  (#334028)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

90-92 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin Village, whose vines are now approaching an average of 50-years and is matured in 30% new oak, offers a mixture of red and black fruit infused with scents of wet clay (potter's…

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100 points Tim Atkin, MW: Year in year out, this commendably consistent bottling is one of the world’s greatest reds. Harmonious, balletic and sublime, it comes from four parcels amounting to 2.55 hectares and sees 100% new oak. Nuanced, harmonious and complex, it’s like a Schubert string quartet in… ...
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Rousseau Chambertin 2015  (#333907)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

100 points Tim Atkin, MW: Year in year out, this commendably consistent bottling is one of the world’s greatest reds. Harmonious, balletic and sublime, it comes from four parcels amounting to 2.55 hectares and sees 100% new oak. Nuanced, harmonious…

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93-95 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques was due for racking in the New Year, Sylvie waiting because she wanted the wine to spend longer on the lees. This vintage includes 60% whole bunch fruit. There was a lot of reduction on the nose as Sylvie… ...
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Esmonin/Sylvie Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Clos St-Jacques 2016  (#334027)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

93-95 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques was due for racking in the New Year, Sylvie waiting because she wanted the wine to spend longer on the lees. This vintage includes 60% whole bunch fruit.…

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93 points Fine Wine Review: Consistent with the very traditional techniques followed here, the Latricières-Chambertin also was only bottled in September 2003. The wine has a pure floral, perfumed nose that is quite complex. In the mouth, the wine is medium-weight and calm with excellent red fruit… ...
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Remy/Louis Latricieres-Chambertin 2001  (#332533)

Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

93 points Fine Wine Review: Consistent with the very traditional techniques followed here, the Latricières-Chambertin also was only bottled in September 2003. The wine has a pure floral, perfumed nose that is quite complex. In the mouth, the wine is…

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From the walled vineyard right in front of the Château inside the village of Puligny-Montrachet, this over-achieving Bourgogne Blanc is stellar year in and year out. It definitely shows the floral and mineral notes in the nose that make the village famous. Good length and buttery, citrus fruit make… ...
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Ch. de Puligny-Montrachet Bourgogne Blanc Clos du Chateau 2016  (#333785)

Chardonnay from Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

From the walled vineyard right in front of the Château inside the village of Puligny-Montrachet, this over-achieving Bourgogne Blanc is stellar year in and year out. It definitely shows the floral and mineral notes in the nose that make the village…

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90-92 points and 'Outstanding/Top value,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (100% whole cluster). Wood toast and reduction serve as a less than agreeable introduction to the wonderfully intense, detailed and mineral-driven middle weight flavors that are supported by ample mid-palate density, all wrapped in… ...
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Pataille/Sylvain Marsannay Clos du Roy 2016  (#333282)

Pinot Noir from Marsannay, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

90-92 points and 'Outstanding/Top value,' Allen Meadows (Burghound): (100% whole cluster). Wood toast and reduction serve as a less than agreeable introduction to the wonderfully intense, detailed and mineral-driven middle weight flavors that are…

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From a 0.3-hectare parcel planted in the 1960s, this vineyard is just below Damodes but foral and violets are the watchwords on the nose; the palate is elegant yet dense with ethereal perfume on the finish. 36-year-old Aurélien Verdet is an enthusiastic, driven young man. His father was one of the… ...
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Verdet/Aurelien Nuits-St-Georges 1er cru Boudots 2016  (#331596)

Pinot Noir from Nuits-St.-Georges, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

From a 0.3-hectare parcel planted in the 1960s, this vineyard is just below Damodes but foral and violets are the watchwords on the nose; the palate is elegant yet dense with ethereal perfume on the finish. 36-year-old Aurélien Verdet is an…

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94 points James Suckling: Attractive red and blue fruits with a sappy edge and violet-like floral notes. All leading to a palate that has a swathe of fleshy, red-cherry flavors. Real clarity, energy and a fine yet grippy and powerful finish. Best from 2021. (2/15/18) ...
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Jadot Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru Les Feusselottes 2015  (#332146)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

94 points James Suckling: Attractive red and blue fruits with a sappy edge and violet-like floral notes. All leading to a palate that has a swathe of fleshy, red-cherry flavors. Real clarity, energy and a fine yet grippy and powerful finish. Best…

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Chardonnay and Aligoté. The Chardonnay, by far the majority, supplies it with all the traits of its character. The Aligoté gives it the gift of vivacity. Well balanced, this cremant's vitality and youthfulness will know how to seduce the palate of amateur connoisseurs of cremant Blanc de Blancs. ...
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Parigot Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Blanc de Blancs NV  (#100111)

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Burgundy, France

Chardonnay and Aligoté. The Chardonnay, by far the majority, supplies it with all the traits of its character. The Aligoté gives it the gift of vivacity. Well balanced, this cremant's vitality and youthfulness will know how to seduce the palate of…

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96 points Tim Atkin, MW: Folatières’ position at the same level on the slope as Chevalier-Montrachet is a clue to the way it often tastes in the right hands. This comes from a parcel that the Drouhins have purchased for 40 years and it’s a stunning wine in 2014, showing pear and orange peel notes, a… ...
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Drouhin Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru Folatieres 2014  (#332252)

Chardonnay from Puligny-Montrachet, Côtes de Beaune, Burgundy, France

96 points Tim Atkin, MW: Folatières’ position at the same level on the slope as Chevalier-Montrachet is a clue to the way it often tastes in the right hands. This comes from a parcel that the Drouhins have purchased for 40 years and it’s a stunning…

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Laurent Roumier is a grandson of the great Georges Roumier and now leads this eponymously named winery. His wines are ultra-fine and delicate. ...
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Roumier/Laurent Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru Les Charmes 2015  (#332167)

Pinot Noir from Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

Laurent Roumier is a grandson of the great Georges Roumier and now leads this eponymously named winery. His wines are ultra-fine and delicate.

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