Burgundy is a many splendored wine region. The most famous part of Burgundy is undoubtedly the Cote d'Or, which is itself comprised of the Cote de Nuits in the north and the Cote de Beaune in the south. Northwest of the Cote d'Or lies Chablis and south of the Cote d'Or lies the Macconais and Beaujolais. Most of Burgundy features two varietals: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay which are often referred to as the Burgundy varietals.
The Cote de Nuits has many famous appellations, including Nuits-St-Georges, Vosne Romanee, Vougeot, Chambolle Musigny, Morey St. Denis, and Genrey Chambertin. Throughout these famed villages lie some of the most famous vineyards in the world, including Musigny, Clos de Vougeot, Chambertin, Romanee Conti, La Tache, Richebourg, Romanee St. Vivant, Clos de la Roche, Clos St. Denis, Bonnes Marres and others. These wines are not light, airy Pinot Noirs sometimes found in the New World. Cote de Nuits reds can often be full of tannin, extremely long-lived, and extraordinarily complex. Indeed, the Cote de Nuits Grand Crus are some of the most highly sought after, expensive wines on the planet.
Like the Cote de Nuits, the Cote de Beaune features Pinot Noir, but it has a stronger focus on Chardonnay. The most famous red wine villages in the Cote de Beaune are undoubtedly Volnay, Pommard, Savigny les Beaune, Chorey les Beaune, Prenand Vergelles and Aloxe Corton. Premier cru Volnay has become some of the most highly sought after wines in all of Burgundy. Volnay has a wonderfully enticing aroma and is often described as ‘silky' on the palate. While the reds can be magnificent, the best Beaune whites can be out of this world. The villages Chassagne Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault are source of some of the most famous and most long-lived white wines on Earth. Meursault wines are often rich and buttery while the wines from Puligny tend to have more fruit and a lick more acidity. Chassagne wines tend to be more floral, but the real stars of this region are the Grand Crus. Utter the word Montrachet in wine circles and people often become weak in the knees. Montrachet is simply the pinnacle of white wine, it is magnificent. Along with Montrachet, there are other Grand Crus that deserve mention including Batard-Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet and Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet. One other important Grand Cru is Corton Charlemagne in the northern part of the Cote de Beaune. Corton Charlemagne has the unique distinction of having both a white and red Grand Cru.
"This brims with Chablis character from the green fruit, citrus, oyster shell, and iodine-suffused nose to the intensely mineral-driven middle weight flavors that deliver fine length on the notably dry finish. This should be accessible now, but will reward a little patience."
"The 2016 Chablis Champ Royaux, which comes from purchased grapes, has a clean, grapefruit and lime-scented bouquet. The palate is quite vibrant on the entry, fresh and nicely focused with touches of blackcurrant leaf and lime toward the citrus-driven finish. This is a pretty Chablis that should drink well for four or five years."
"Dry and earthy, yet with that deliciously sweet primary fruit that sings out of the recent harvest, and of simple pleasures. This wine boasts a savory edge of grilled herb and fresh earth lines the boysenberry and cherry fruit. Ample sweet spice and zesty elements linger into the tangy, lightly grippy finish."
"A dry and fruity wine, easy to drink. Its color is pale gold with greenish hues. Very fresh aromas reminiscent of citrus (lemon or grapefruit); small pleasant touches of fern or coriander are found as well. On the palate, dry and fruity, with mineral notes. Pleasant and long aftertaste."
"93Points- Kahn's Staff. 100% Aligote. This perfect accompniment to seafood or charcuterie is a pale yellow color with brilliant green highlights. The wine has citrus and exotic fruit flavors, with a pleasing balance of acidity and mellowness."
"100% Gamay. A very nice cherry color. Offers a nose of red fruits aromas where black currant and strawberry are dominant. The mouthfeel is harmonious and smooth. Can be served with various types of dishes. Try it with turkey, or your Easter ham!"
"92 Rating! Burghound."
"Within are red fruit aromas: raspberries, redcurrant and blackcurrants. There is a subtle spiciness in the mouthfeel, with delicate tannins and silky texture. An attractive and well-bred Pinot Noir."
"Savory notes of acacia flowers, apple blossoms, and freshly baked bread waft from the glass to please the nose. Once in the mouth, the 2015 follows through with gentle, pure fruit flavors, pinpoint minerality and balanced acidity. Fresh, nuanced and eminently drinkable as always,a delight to drink now, yet will continue to develop in bottle and offer exceptional drinking pleasure through 2018 and beyond."