Flatiron's Complete Guide to Burgundy

Flatiron's Complete Guide to Burgundy

Burgundy has long been the world's most famous wine region. But, underneath all the prestige, this region can be hard to get to know. We don't want it to be like that any longer!

If you've ever been intimidated by that big shelf in the back of your local shop, this is the guide for you. From the very basics of Burgundy's regions and wines to the specific terroirs of individual single vineyards--everything you need to know about Bourgogne is here! 

Introduction to the Wines of Bourgogne

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Burgundy is a wine producing region in eastern France and also the name of the wines, mostly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, that come from there. 

But Burgundy (or “Bourgogne,” as they say in France) isn’t just any region, and Red and White Burgundy aren’t just any Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 

No, Bourgogne is a sort of spiritual homeland to wine lovers the world over. To so many of us, it’s the north star of wine as something more meaningful than a mere beverage; of wine as key element of cuisine, as a cultural experience on par with literature or music or art; of wine as a connection to a wider world and to a rich history.

How to Read a Burgundy Wine Label

How to read burgundy wine label

Burgundy is a wine producing region in eastern France and also the name of the wines, mostly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, that come from there. 

But Burgundy (or “Bourgogne,” as they say in France) isn’t just any region, and Red and White Burgundy aren’t just any Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 

No, Bourgogne is a sort of spiritual homeland to wine lovers the world over. To so many of us, it’s the north star of wine as something more meaningful than a mere beverage; of wine as key element of cuisine, as a cultural experience on par with literature or music or art; of wine as a connection to a wider world and to a rich history.

Guide to Burgundy's Rosé Wines

burgundy rose

Rosés made in Burgundy are delicious and distinct wines, but also very rare compared to white and red Burgundy wines. 

What makes it so good? Why is it so relatively rare? How do I find great examples of Bourgogne Rosé? These are just three of the questions we’ll try to answer in this post.

Burgundy's "Other" Grapes

Today, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir dominate Burgundy’s landscape. All of the region’s most famous white wines are made with Chardonnay, and all of its most famous reds with Pinot Noir. 

But it wasn’t always that way.

No: Bourgogne is not a one-(or two-, or three-)trick pony. Let’s take a look at Burgundy’s under-the-radar treasures.

The Wines of Grand Auxerrois

map of chablis and grand auxerrois wine map

Chablis is certainly the Queen in the North. But many other names -- Bourgogne Tonnerre and Saint Bris for white wines, and Bourgogne Epineuille and Irancy for red -- are well worth discovering. 

Chablis is a unique white wine, famous for its minerality, freshness and, especially with a little bit of age, complexity. And Chablis’ white-wine neighbors offer delicious and great-value variations on the theme. 

Chablis is practically a household name in America. Not so, “Grand Auxerrois.” But we’re hoping to change that with this guide! So there’s no time to waste.

Introduction to Chablis

map of chablis cru wine map

If there’s one region we can’t get enough of, it’s Chablis. Not only does it make some of the world’s most classic white wines, it may just be the purest expression of Chardonnay. To cap it off, it delivers incredible value at prices ranging from the everyday right up to the rare and collectible.

 

 

There's more still to come! Keep checking this guide to learn all about Chablis' Crus, Cremant, and Burgundy's best kept secrets! 

Maggie Scudder