wines of Bourgogne

wines of Bourgogne

If you’ve ever been confused by not being able to buy a Burgundy wine, you need to look for Bourgogne on the label. Bourgogne = Burgundy. For some reason, Bourgogne was the only French wine region to be translated, and in English-speaking countries is called Burgundy. A shift is now occurring to return all references to the region to its French name: Bourgogne.

Bourgogne has chosen only a few grapes to focus on. Those are primarily Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with some Aligoté, Gamay, Sacy, Pinot Gris and César. Due to a shift in popularity to white wines (despite the Burgundy name) today 66% of Bourgogne wine production is now white—with 46% of the region’s vines being Chardonnay.

Bourgogne’s wines take patience to reach their full potential as all great Bourgogne wines need a few years in the bottle in order to express their true depth of character.

Beyond fine wines, Bourgogne is known for great Burgundian foods the world over. Poultry from Bresse brings us Coq au Vin (chicken slow-cooked in red wine), beef from Charolais created Beef Bourguignon (beef with mushrooms and onions slow cooked in red wine) and finally escargot (snails in garlic parsley butter). Pungent, washed-rind cow’s milk cheeses are also part of the Burgundian food culture. Most are best accompanied with Bourgogne white wines.

Wine wisdom from Bourgogne
• Bourgogne is only the fourth-largest wine region in France, but contains more AOCs (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) than any other.
• All Bourgogne wine is AOC and therefore rests at the top of the French wine quality pyramid.
• Beaune is Bourgogne’s wine capital. The 42 Premiers Crus produce mostly red wines.
• Pinot Gris is regionally referred to as Pinot Beurot.

And now for the tasting!

Simonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé

Simonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé

Simonnet-Febvre Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé
This 100% Pinot Noir sparkler comes from a single vintage, although it is still classified as non-vintage. Simonne-Febvre specializes in Crémant, one of the few in Chablis that do, with property in two Grand Cru vineyards. This Crémant is available in Utah for $19.99 and paired nicely with a leek and apple soup with buttery croutons.

apple and leek soup paired with Rosé

apple and leek soup paired with Rosé

Louis Jadot Mâcon-Villages 2013

Louis Jadot Mâcon-Villages 2013

Louis Jadot Mâcon-Villages 2013
This wine is 100% Chardonnay with grapes coming from parcels within the Maâconnais area, yielding the highest-quality fruit of the harvest. The wine is vinified with no oak contact to retain elegant aromas and the clean, fresh character that this region is prized for. For $16.95 in Utah, this wine should be served chilled to best appreciate the grapefruit, lime zest and spice characteristics.

Louis Jadot Santenay Clos De Malte 2005

Louis Jadot Santenay Clos De Malte 2005

Louis Jadot Santenay Clos De Malte 2005
The village of Santenay is located in the southern part of the Cote de Beaune. This 100% Chardonnay wine comes from the Clos de Malte, a 7-hectare monopole owned solely by Louis Jadot situated at the foot of the Montagne des Troix Croix. It is mainly planted to Pinot Noir, with just one hectare of Chardonnay on very damp soil of limestone and clay. The wine is fermented and aged in oak barrels for about 12 months for an oaky, almondy flavor.

Vincent Girardin Saint-Aubin Les Murgers Des Dents De Chien Premier Cru 2008

Vincent Girardin Saint-Aubin Les Murgers Des Dents De Chien Premier Cru 2008

Vincent Girardin Saint-Aubin Les Murgers Des Dents De Chien Premier Cru 2008
Since 2009 this winery has been committed to biodynamic viticulture, and received official certification in 2012. Vines are grown using no herbicides or pesticides. The 100% Chardonnay grapes are hand-harvested and sorted twice. Three quarters of bottlings from Saint-Aubin are Premier Cru, and, although not available in Utah, are a relative bargain ($43.58) for such high quality. Aromas show citrus fruit and pineapple while oak is the dominant taste.

Louis Latour Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013

Louis Latour Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013

Louis Latour Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013
Domaine Louis Latour is the largest holding of Grand Cru vineyards in Bourgogne. The wine is 100% Pinot Noir with an average vine age 25 years, on soils of clay and limestone. The hand harvested grapes evolve into a wine exhibiting the characteristics of a great red Bourgogne. It is available in Utah for $19.99.

Thibault Liger-Belair Vosne Romanée Aux Réas 2004

Thibault Liger-Belair Vosne Romanée Aux Réas 2004

Thibault Liger-Belair Vosne Romanée Aux Réas 2004
This vineyard controls 12 acres of vines distributed among eight of the finest Grand Crus and Premier Cru vineyards in the Côte D’Or. Grapes in this vineyard were planted in 1956, and grow on limestone to produce wine with great purity and minerality. The 100% Pinot Noir wines are aged in oak barrels 14-18 months and exhibit a very profound nose and density for a village-level wine. Not available in Utah, the average price is $94.

Joseph Cartron Créme de Cassis de Bourgogne

Joseph Cartron Créme de Cassis de Bourgogne

Joseph Cartron Créme de Cassis de Bourgogne
This Crème de Cassis is made from blackcurrants grown on the slopes of the Grand Crus around Nuits-Saint-Georges. The fruits are harvested in July, and all fruit not used immediately is deep-frozen. Freezing maintains the character and quality of the fruit to enable the estate to produce year round. Vats are filled with fruit, then topped up with pure alcohol and macerated 4-5 weeks at room temperature. The infusions are then decanted but not filtered and then blended. Slow incorporation of crystallized sugar develops the flavor of the fruit and brings the mixture to the ideal strength without the addition of water. It’s available in Utah for $23.99.

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