Wine of the World

Wine Basics By Region - Burgundy Print

Overview

It is said “If the wines of Bordeaux appeal to the head, then the wines of Burgundy head straight for the heart.” The great wines of Burgundy (especially the Cote d’Or), crafted from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are considered to be the finest examples of their type on earth. Their sensual complexity and sense of place are extraordinary. In fact, the entire concept of terroir is thought to have originated here.
 
Burgundy is located in the heart of France, approximately 100 miles southeast of Paris. It has a largely continental climate, which can lead to extremes in vintage performance. It is also home to some of the most unique soils, with most of the Cote d’Or located on 160 million year old Jurassic limestone and marl that was once covered by a shallow sea.

The main divisions from north to south are Chablis, the Cote d’Or (consisting of the Cotes de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune), the Cote Chalonnaise, the Maconnais and Beaujolais.