the Wine of Burgundy
BURGUNDY delights, charms, intrigues and fascinates lovers of fine wine all over the world.
It is simply the most outstanding wine to enjoy, yet, an air of mystery and complexity surrounds its creation. Even the most experienced wine aficionado is unable to explain why it possesses so many remarkable qualities. Burgundy’s amazing attributes cannot be analysed into elements or reduced to formulas. There are no set rules to making Burgundy; there are no set rules to appreciating Burgundy. In the end, only time, dedication and desire will bring you closer to understanding what makes Burgundy so successful and so much loved.
One well-known feature of Burgundy is that most wines are produced with only one single grape variety: Pinot Noir for red wines and Chardonnay for white.
To truly discover the vineyards of Burgundy, you must journey deep into the region’s many terroirs, areas where the combination of several natural and human characteristics have created unique and distinctive wine-growing capabilities. Among these terroirs, away from the main roads, vines thrive on east and southeast-facing slopes where they eagerly seek the longest hours of sunlight.
Terroirs are so unique that the natural features alone – including soil, topography, sunshine – have only partial significance without human input, intervention and interpretation to make something of the fruit.
From Chablis in the north to Beaujeu in the south on either side of the Autoroute du Soleil – “Motorway of the Sun” – is an almost unbroken stretch of about 250 kilometres of vineyards, each terroir along the way producing its very own, very special variation.
This website aims to guide your way around the vineyards of Burgundy and help you understand and appreciate what to look for…and where to look for it.