The wines of Burgundy !!

Once upon a time these were very popular in my cellar as time went on we tilt it towards other regions of my belle France. However, the memories are fine and precious, and I should have the wines of Burgundy in my blog, I will pick from an old post and expand it to tell you more about the wonderful vins de Bourgogne ! Of course, this will be in my black and white series, no pictures. And need to say, this is an introduction, the subject is heavy and long!! Hope you enjoy the post as I.

I have been drinking Burgundy wines since 1988 when I had the opportunity to meet  Pierre-Henri Gagey the President of Maison JadotBeaune (see post) who was stopping by for a tastings in Crown Wine Liquiors store in North Miami Beach Florida USA.  The store is no longer feature in the webpage ,but it does has one other I have visited in Coral Gables, this is the Crown Wine and Spirits webpage:

The experience was so good that when came to France to meet what is now my wife in 1990, I took a ride by Beaune , with a previous request to see him at Maison Jadot, Beaune. He was not available but gave me his Sales Manager for Europe Marc Dupin to lead us into a wonderful tastings of the best of Jadot in their cellars at Beaune. The Maison Jadot wines webpage:

I give them credit here, memories forever and thank you always.

You know wine is one of my favorite subjects even if do not write enough on it. It goes that you mention wine and you know love is in the air, especially around special dates.  It breaks away shyness and opens up the social spectrum in a controlled way, easy for conversations of a cultured person. Maybe many take it to an extreme that make people shy away from it, but it should not be that way. I have a certificate from SOPEXA, the French food and wine export organization in knowledge of French wines, and proven articles in different magazines such as Decanter, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiasts etc over the pond and ICEX Spain food and wine organization, the Gourmet Madrid group with base in Miami at Sunset Liquors, as well as here from the Boutin Gourmand former critic in France. However, I try to humanized it and keep it simple just to enjoy the wine that does not have to be expensive to be good.

Now to end the bragging,,,,,,,,excuse me, Let me tell you about the Burgundy wines, a bit,,,

The region is long and narrow, starting in the north with Chablis and Yonne and coming down thru Côte de Nuits, Côtes de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, Maçonnais, long of 250 km all 28 715 hectares representing 6,5% of the French AOC wine production! 84 appellations areas or more than 200 million bottles!!! The main areas are Chablis and Grand Auxerrois, Côtes de Nuits, and Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Côtes de Beaune and Hautes Côtes de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and Couchois, Macônnais, Châtillonnais, and Crémant de Bourgogne.

In addition to the main AOC areas, Burgundy is rich in wine regions of good wines too, Let me briefly tell them here :

The 13 geographical denominations complementary to the Burgundy appellation:

Burgundy Chitry / Burgundy Côte Chalonnaise / Burgundy Côtes d’Auxerre / Burgundy Côte d’Or / Burgundy Côtes du Couchois / Burgundy Côte Saint-Jacques / Burgundy Coulanges-la-Vineuse / Burgundy Épineuil / Burgundy Hautes Côtes de Beaune / Burgundy Hautes Côtes de Nights / Burgundy La Chapelle Notre-Dame / Burgundy Montrecul or Montre-Cul or En Montre-Cul / Burgundy Tonnerre.

The 27 complementary geographical names of the Mâcon appellation:

Azé / Bray / Burgy / Bussières / Chaintré / Chardonnay / Charnay-Lès-Mâcon / Cruzille / Davayé / Fuissé / Igé / Lugny / Loché / Mancey / Milly-Lamartine / Montbellet / Péronne / Pierreclos / Prissé / La Roche-Serrières / Solutré-Pouilly / Saint-Gengoux-le-National / Uchizy / Vergisson / Verzé / Vinzelles.

The Premiers Crus which are additional geographical denominations mentioned in the specifications of certain village appellations. There are also complementary geographical denominations in two Grands Crus: Chablis Grand Cru and Corton.

The principals grapes are the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Gamay, Aligoté, Pinot Gris, César, Sacy, and Melon de Bourgogne.  They produce reds, whites, rosés, and crémants or sparkling wines, The main thing as anywhere is to know who the producter is, if they do their wines well the area is not important and of course the quality/price ratio.  And I had the opportunity to drink very expensive good wines and very inexpensive good wines and vice versa over my life.

The towns for touristic reference as well as the wines, tops are: -Montrachet, Santenay, and Beaune , Chambertin, Morey Saint Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot Vosne-Romanée, Nuits Saint Georges , Aloxe-Corton, Savigny, Pommard, Meursault, Chassagne. Also, Givry, Buxy, Mercurey, and Pouilly-Fuissé.

The official Burgundy wines:

The Beaune tourist office on wines visits/tastings,,, :

The memorable Côte Chalonnaise wines :

The Burgundy France Comte region tourist office on wines of Burgundy :

Anecdotes ! In Autour de la Lune, an anticipation novel by Jules Verne, three men want to explore the lunar star. To achieve their goal, they take place inside a giant shell, fired by a gigantic cannon. This extraordinary space vehicle takes astronauts to the Moon. As they near the end of their journey, they celebrate their success by uncorking…a bottle of Vin de Nuits! It is in memory of this passage that the Apollo 11 Mission (1969), led by Neil Armstrong, took and left on the Moon a label of Nuits-Saint-Georges wine.

And festivals not to miss when coming to Burgundy, my favorites are :

The Saint-Vincent tournante; it is the feast of the patron saint of winegrowers, it takes place the last weekend of January for the great Saint-Vincent revolving in Burgundy, with tastings of wines from the appellation in several places in the village concerned,

The sale of wines from the Hospices of Beaune . Internationally renowned, it takes place on the 3rd weekend of November. This is a traditional charity auction of Burgundy wines, the most famous in the world, and traditionally serves as an international barometer of the prestige wine market,

The sale of wines from the Hospices of Nuits-Saint-Georges happens towards the end of March. It is the same procedure as that of the Hospices de Beaune.

The Le Concours national des vins de Mâcon et le Salon des vins de Mâcon or the Mâcon National Wine Competition and the Mâcon Wine Fair. They take place in April. This competition leads to the awarding of medals for the best wines from all French wine regions.

La Paulée de la Côte Chalonnaise in Chalon-sur-Saône which takes place around mid-October. The wines are tasted in the streets of Chalon-sur-Saône for a whole weekend with, on Saturday evening, a big meal to celebrate the end of the harvest (known as La paulée).

Bourgogne or Burgundy or Borgoña is a region to be reckoned with and one that has also tried to be copy ,adapted ,adjust all over the world ;but Burgundy rest unique, you can’t replace the terroir !! Hope you enjoy the post and give you the force to find out more about Burgundy wines of France.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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