Burgundy

Burgundy

Many people claim that Burgundy wines are the greatest red wines in the world, while others insist that Bordeaux wines hold that claim. The Burgundy region is a long, narrow wine area in eastern France, southeast of Paris. The French call the region Bourgogne, pronounced. Burgundy is a fragmented region, consisting of four sub regions (Chablis, Côte d’Or, Côte Chalonnaise, and Mâconnais).

Because of its unique terroir the Burgundy region excels in both white and red wines. The soils of Burgundy are extremely varied, in their richness, depth, and mineral content. The soils vary not only from one end of the region to the other, but also within a single area — for example, from the top of a hill to the bottom, or from one vineyard plot to the next. Most vineyards have a base soil of limestone overlaid with limestone and marl (a mixture of clay and limestone), sometimes mixed with sand or gravel. Where limestone is dominant, white wines grow; where more marl exists, grapes for red wine grow.

The climate in Burgundy is continental for the most part: fairly warm summers, with the constant threat of hail, and cold winters. The region is northerly enough and cool enough that the grapes just about ripen in most years. Not every year is a good vintage; some years bring too much rain, or are too cool. Fortunately, the grapes grown in Burgundy are suited to cool climates.

Nearly all the red wines of the Burgundy region derive from a single red grape variety, Pinot Noir. Both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are thought to be native to the Burgundy region. Pinot Noir is notorious for being difficult to cultivate, because it requires very specific soil and climate parameters to produce its best fruit. Burgundy has that climate and soil. The Burgundy region has more success with this grape than any other wine region. Red Burgundy wines are the world’s finest examples of this challenging, but delicious, variety. Chardonnay is the other important variety in the Burgundy region, and the basis for the region’s most important white wines. Although Chardonnay is a nearly universal variety today, it reaches its height in Burgundy, where it makes complex, masterful wines that can age for decades.

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  1. Les Vignes de Saint-Germain Macon Villages Blanc 37.5cl Half Bottle
    A bright and golden white made from 100% Chardonnay, with an appealing scent of acacia flowers, wild rose and a touch of honey. An excellent example of white Burgundy from vines over 25 years old that give a rich wine with character, and good length on the finish. Also available as a 75cl bottle Learn More
    £6.95
  2. Domaine Tremblay Chablis 37.5cl Half Bottle
    A classic wine made with the famous Chardonnay grape. Superb, refreshing, clean dry white wine from the medal winning producer Gerard Tremblay. Learn More
    £8.95
  3. Les Vignes de Saint-Germain Macon Rouge
    Bottled during the summer months this delicious Gamay is garnet red in colour with ripe fruit, hints of cherries and a spicy finish. A dlicious light, dry and fruity wine perfect for aperitif. Learn More
    £11.50
  4. Les Vignes de Saint-Germain Macon Villages Blanc
    A bright and golden white made from 100% Chardonnay, with an appealing scent of acacia flowers, wild rose and a touch of honey. An excellent example of a white Burgundy from vines over 25 years old that give a rich wine with character, and good length on the finish. Also available as a half bottle. Learn More
    £12.50
  5. Nuiton Beaunoy, Bourgogne Aligote

    A lovely and fresh, ripe white burgundy with a subtle hint of citrus and pineapple. Deliciously crisp and refreshing.

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  6. Domaine Charles Bourgogne Passetoutgrain
    A delicious earthy aromas of black pepper and cocoa. Ripe, fruity flavours with refined tannin and a pleasing peppery finish. Learn More
  7. Domaine Tremblay Petit Chablis

    A very well made Petit Chablis that expresses the personality of the vineyard with its pale-yellow colour and sparkling brilliance. This Petit Chablis has all the hallmarks of a Chablis - aromas of white flowers mixed with citrussy notes over a mineral base. The mouth is light and lively with well-balanced acidity.

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  8. Macon Mancey Bourgogne 'Les Essentielles de Mancey'
    From low yeilding vines to give a more concentrated flavour. Brick red in colour with spicy, peppery flavours. Learn More
  9. Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune, Nuiton Beaunoy
    A warm, medium-bodied wine, initially light in taste, yet developing on the palate. Lovely cherry/ruby colour, with the great taste of a fine Burgundy. Learn More
  10. Domaine Vercheres Bourgogne Pinot Noir
    A fruity & elegant pinot noir with fresh pure red fruit notes and gentle undertones. Learn More
  11. Domaine La Chablisienne Petit Chablis
    From the outlying parts of the Chablis region comes this dry steely white wine, similar in style to its more famous counterpart, only somewhat lighter and offering exceptional value. Learn More
    £16.50
  12. Domaine Nuiton-Beaunoy Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes de Nuits
    This wine offers a wide palette of aromas dominated by morello cherry and red fruits. Its structure is finely balanced with harmonious tannin. Learn More
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