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.
"Balanced and creamy, featuring black raspberry, boysenberry, spice and light tobacco notes. Offers a fresh, juicy finish, with light tannins."
"90-92 Points- Wine Advocate. It has a seductive bouquet with touches of apple blossom, wet limestone and a hint of shaved almond. The palate is well balanced with a crisp line of acidity. I appreciate the briskness and vigor here, quite intense, but it manages to retain admirable finesse on the finish. It has the substance to repay cellaring if so inclined, although it will be difficult to resist in its youth."
"This wine has a deep color of intense, blue red. The nose is on the register of small black fruits with some lightly spicy notes. On the palate they are suave, but equally very fresh. There is a clear sensation of 'biting' into fresh fruit in the mouth."
"90 Points- Wine Advocate. Concentrates lightly-cooked dark cherry and plum, but also meat stock and bitter-sweet herbs. Plush on the palate, and with its tannic structure well-covered by rich layers of fruit and meat, this finishes with persistent concentration."
"93 Points Wine Advocate The 2009 Nuits St. Georges Les Damodes is stellar. It boasts gorgeous depth and concentration in its dark fruit, flowers, menthol, graphite and minerals, all of which flow effortlessly to the long, creamy finish. The Damodes is voluptuous and plush yet very nicely balanced. It certainly seems to have a very bright future. This is a rock star wine from Vincent Lecheneaut. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2029."
"93 Points Wine Advocate Pure, cool minerality is at the heart of the 2011 Chablis Vaudesir. Introspective and reticent, the Vaudesir clearly needs time to fully emerge. White peaches, flowers, mint and crushed rocks are all layered into the vibrant, bright finish."
"It has a simple dark cherry, red currant and pomegranate bouquet with crisp delineation and fine clarity for such a modest wine. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy, red currant and pomegranate fruit with a touch of spice on the brittle finish. What you might call a breezy entry-level Pinot."
"90-92 Wine Advocate The 2012 unravels to reveal engaging, Puligny-inspired, stony scents, intermingled with lime and grapefruit. The palate is well-balanced with a touch of walnut and spice on the entry. It builds impressively toward the finish, maintaining fine acidity and delivering a satisfying, nutty finish. This is very fine."
"Bright ruby colour. Intensely fruity on the nose, the aromas are reminiscent of black cherry, wild blackberry and liquorice. The woody character is subtle and marries delicately with the other aromas. As the wine evolves, there are more complex notes, such as mild spice, nutmeg and leather. Although present on the palate, tannin is never astringent but blends itself harmoniously with the natural freshness and gras (velvety texture) of the wine. The same aromas encountered earlier on the nose are found again in the aftertaste."