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Intro to Burgundy, France

  1. 1. Introduction to the Wines of Burgundy
  2. 2. This quality hierarchy is important to keep in mind when studying the wines of Burgundy. Most of the wine produced here is of the regional level, labeled simply as Bourgogne rouge or blanc. These wines offer great value, and there are some real hidden gems in this mix. Communal level follows the regional level, and you will not start seeing vineyard names on the label until you hit Premier Cru status. One reason why Grand Cru and Premier Cru Burgundy is so expensive is a matter of simple supply and demand... look how small the production level is!
  3. 3. Burgundy, France is home to some of the greatest , and undeniably some of the most expensive, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay offerings in the world. This region has been producing fine wine for hundreds of years, and is steeped in history. This presentation will touch on some of the major points of interest that you should be familiar with in order to properly sell these wines to your guests.
  4. 4. The northern most sub-region of Burgundy is Chablis. It is primarily known for it’s crisp, high acid Chardonnay, which usually has a low level of oak treatment. These wines are terrific aperitif wines, as well as being solid pairings for oysters, seafood and fried foods. The Chablis sub-region consists of 7 Grand Cru vineyards (Bougros, Les Preuses, Vaudésir, Grenouilles, Valmur, Les Clos, Blanchot). The region is bisected by the river Serein, and has a cool climate wich makes viticulture a difficult task. The region is known for it’s Kimmeridge clay deposits that add to the wines complexity.
  5. 5. The Cote d’Or is comprised of two sub-regions: The Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune. The Cote de Nuits is known for its vivid expression of fine Pinot Noir, with some of the best examples of fine wine, anywhere. A strong knowledge of this region is essential to any aspiring wine professional, as it is sure to come up in any fine wine conversation about Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. You hit prime Chardonnay territory in the Cote de Beaune, the lower sub- region of the Coye d’Or. A simple google of the Burgundy region will show you astronomically priced wines and historical dissertations on the wines of this region.
  6. 6. Here you see some of the famous villages in the Cote d’or, specifically the Cote de Beaune, which are responsible for the high cost wines that people pay hundreds of dollars for. It is not uncommon to see a bottle on a restaurant wine list for well over one or two thousand dollars.
  7. 7. Here we see the lower half of the Burgundy wine region, consisting of the Cote Chalonaise (producing good value red and white wines), Maconnais (again with some great values such as Pouilly-Fuisse) and Beaujoulais.... everyone’s favorite wine!
  8. 8. Beaujoulais is predominantly made from the Gamay grape. The red wines tend to be light and fruity, and can be made from a process called carbonic maceration (which we will save for part 2). However, the Cru’s can produce very interesting and ageworthy wines of great consequence. Here are the Cru’s (with pronunciation): Brouilly [BREW-yee] Chiroubles [shee-ROOB-luh] Chénas [shay-NAH] Côte de Brouilly [coat duh BREW-yee] Fleurie [FLUR-ee] Juliénas [ZJOO-lee-ay-nah] Morgon [more-GOH] Moulin à Vent [MOO-lan ah vahn] Négociant [nah-GO-SEE-ahn] Régnié [reh-N'YAY]
  9. 9. Chardonnay vineyard in The Macon
  10. 10. If you want to start the journey of learning about the Burgundy region, this is a great wine to start with. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2002 is not a bad vintage to start learning about either!
  11. 11. You might be able to find better Chardonnay vines somehwere, but I doubt it. Le Montrachet

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