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We began featuring six important villages in “Le Tour de Bourgogne” last Thursday. The response has been very positive (thank you all!) With many of you asking the above essential question, on the few paragraphs below, we attempt to briefly summarize their “typical tastes” for your reference.

Starting from Cote de Nuits, we begin our journey in Gevrey-Chambertin. Usually full and sturdy; masculine and powerful; sensual and vigorous; wines here are more flamboyant than Vosne, and more substantial than Chambolle Musigny. (Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2005)

In contrast, wines from Chambolle Musigny are usually the most delicate wines of the Cotes de Nuits. Might be lighter in structure than Vosne Romanee and Gevrey-Chambertin, but should be as intense. Silky, lacey, excellent aromatic purity and finesse are the typical defining elements. (Drouhin-Laroze Chambolle Musigny 2004)

Located between two very distinctive neighbors (Gevrey-Chambertin on its North, Chambolle-Musigny on its South), Morey-St-Denis wines tend to show a combination of themmore structured but less fragrance than Chambolle, suppler and less sturdy than Gevrey. (Bruno Clair Morey-St-Denis En La Rue de Vergy 2007)

Further down South, here comes the crown jewel of all villages in Burgundy – Vosne-Romanee, home to the most famous Burgundy wines. Wines here typically show a balanced depth and richness with elegance, silkiness, finesse and perfume. (Well, it seems to have it all here!) (Meo-Camuzet Vosne Romanee 2005)

Adjacent to the South of Vosne-Romanee, Nuits-Saint-Georges is the most southern village in Cote-de-Nuits. Wines here tend to show richness and structure; earthy, mineral, gamey hint of rustic with soft elegance. This village is sometimes overlooked because it does not have any grand cru vineyards. (J-F Mugnier Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Fourches 2004)

While Cote de Beaune is probably most famous for its white wines (Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet), there are many excellent red wines from villages here. Among them, we have selected . Directly analogous with the wines of Chambolle-Musigny in Cote de Nuits, Volnay’s wines are elegant and delicate, expressing feminine seduction with fine fragrance. (Lafarge Volnay Vendanges Selectionnees 2007)

A big caveat though: winemaker personal style, individual terrior, and weather of the vintage - all have significant impact on the final outcome. Take these only as rough references when you taste the wines.

Few other geographic terms about Burgundy you might find helpful:

  • Cote d’Or (the Golden Slope) is the heart of Burgundy
  • Remaining areas include Chablis to the North of Cote d’Or, and Cote Chalonnaise, Maconnais, Beaujoulais to the South
  • In Cote d’Or, the Northern villages are collectively known as Cote de Nuits (based on the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges)
  • The Southern villages are collectively known as Cote de Beaune (based on the large town of Beaune)

Do stay tuned with future newsletters as we will continue our discovery here in Burgundy.

Written by Wine Monopole — October 29, 2012

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