Drinking the Classic Wines – Burgundy
Burgundy or Bourgogne as it's known in France, is easily one of the world's most famous wine regions. Its beautiful landscape from Chablis in the north to Beaujolais in more central France is full of gently rolling hills blanketed with vines. Some of the most coveted wines in the world come from its vineyards.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the two grapes of Burgundy, with Gamay the grape of southerly Beaujolais. This is the where these grapes were born and it's no surprise that the wines made here from these local varieties are some of the best examples around.
For Chardonnay drinkers, you'll find both the rich, oaked, creamy versions as well as the racy unoaked versions (perfect with oysters), throughout Burgundy.
The Pinot Noirs of Burgundy can be incredibly varied. You'll find bright, fruity versions as well intensely earthy styles with firm tannins. Some are ideal for drinking as soon as they hit the shelves while others are best suited to ageing for several years.
If it sounds confusing, don't worry. Reading the label will give you an indication to style and of course, you can always do a bit of homework on a bottle before you buy it. While the storied grand and premier crus of Burgundy may be listed on some of our 'Most Wanted' lists, the village level wines and appellations of lower Burgundy contain little-known gems. However, even at the premier cru level, there are excellent steals you can snatch up. There are nearly six hundred premier crus and they're sold across the spectrum of exceptionally expensive to perfectly affordable (but still delicious).
If you head south of Burgundy, you'll soon come to Beaujolais, a region famous for its fruity red wines made from the local Gamay grape. These wines are absolutely brilliant if you love that red fruit-driven style of Pinot Noir but want to try something a little different.
If you're mindful of how the grapes which go into your wine are farmed, take note. Growing numbers of winemakers in Burgundy are making the switch to various forms of sustainable farming whether it is organic, biodynamic, or simply eschewing the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. That's something every wine lover can get behind! Not Just Still Wines
One thing you may not know is that Burgundy is a brilliant spot for bubbly. Crémant de Bourgogne is a traditional method sparkling wine (i.e. it's made in the same way as Champagne) which hails from Burgundy. Like other crémants, it's a delicious sparkling wine you can pick up when you're looking to satisfy your Champagne tastes without rinsing your bank account. This combination of quality and affordability makes Crémant de Bourgogne the choice for larger gatherings that call for a bit of bubbly.
Burgundy is a classic region whose wines are sensational with a variety of dishes. Whether you're tucking into fish, poultry, meat, or game, some veggies or cheese, Burgundy has you covered. Trust when we say, you'll never go wrong with a bottle of Burgundy!