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Red Burgundy

I have just two words to describe red Burgundy - Pinot Noir. Okay, I'll stretch it a little. Since Beaujolais is still considered part of Burgundy, I'll add another word that means a whole lot less - Gamay.

Let's start with Pinot Noir. Burgundy is the home of Pinot Noir, not California, Oregon, New Zealand or any other place under the sun. They've been making red Burgundy from Pinot Noir for well over a thousand years, and with a very few specific exemptions, red Burgundy is always 100% Pinot Noir. Something similar to Pinot Noir was described in the first century AD. The better wines are rich, complex and well balanced, with mild tannins, red and black cherry flavors and an underlying earthiness showing up as a mushroom or truffle note.

In the last thousand plus years, the Burgundians figured out which plots are superior to all others, and those (very few) vineyards are now called Grand Cru. There are more vineyards labeled Premier Cru - vineyards superior to all but the Grand Cru. In the next level of the Burgundy hierarchy are the village wines, followed by the regional wines, and finally by wines simply labeled Burgundy (Bourgogne).

Beaujolais is made from Gamay in the southernmost part of Burgundy. Beaujolais bears little resemblance to other red Burgundy, and probably should be kept completely separate, but it's not. Beaujolais is a lighter wine, less complex, yet still very good in its own right. Don't confuse real Beaujolais with Beaujolais Nouveau, which is meant to be drunk in the first few months after release. While not for long term aging, better Beaujolais will continue to improve for the first few years after release.


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This brilliant garnet wine is bright and fresh, with ripe, supple crushed strawberry flavors underscThis brilliant garnet wine is bright and fresh, with ripe, supple crushed strawberry flavors underscored by zesty nuances of peppercorns, gentle ... more
Sku: P58386


Reg. $12.99

Château de La Chaize is proud to offer an exceptional Brouilly combining tradition, modern methods and a very respectful environmental policy. Since the 17th century this very large estate has been carrying out the assemblages (blending) of the ... more
Sku: 141209


Reg. $39.99

Wine Spectator, 90 Points
Ripe and succulent, this red delivers black cherry, blackberry and spice flavors wrapped in a vibrant, harmonious package. The tannins are buried for now, and this leaves a fresh, fruit-filled finish. Drink now through  more
Sku: P58269


Reg. $19.99

This Pinot Noir exhibits a nice ruby colour. On the palate, the pinot noir reveals red berry aromas, with mineral hints. This wine can be served with all kinds of meat, red or white (except for game) and all kinds of cheese at room temperature or a ... more
Sku: 900020


Reg. $18.99

50 year old vines, from a 1 hectare parcel, only 500 cases produced each year. A great bottle of Gam90 Points, Wine Advocate :
A sweeter sense of black raspberry fruit – though no less vividly tart skin or crunchy seediness – ... more
Sku: P58208


Reg. $24.99

Marsannay is the village which marks the northern gateway to the Côte d’Or on leaving Dijon, the capital of Burgundy and home to the Ducs de Bourgogne. This village marks the beginning of the Route des Grands Crus which follows the N6 highway ... more
Sku: 018657


Reg. $20.99

Neyrou goes against the grain of many other wines from the Auvergne, a French region that mainly produces simple, cooperative-made wines. This light Pinot Noir tastes of wild berries and black pepper. With 12.5 percent alcohol, it is a red best ... more
Sku: P58769


Reg. $89.99

  Sku: 057287


Reg. $69.99

18.5/20 Dan Haas: Deep color. A very ripe, raisined nose, minty and mineral, too. On the palate, smoked and toasty oak, floral and perfumed. It has a good level of tannin, not quite enough fruit to balance the tannin. Dry powered tannin on the ... more
Sku: 038291


Reg. $29.99

  Sku: P58268


Reg. $79.99

This wine, and the premier cru of Clos Des Argilieres make wines of extraction, with firm tannins, and depth. The flavors are black cherries, and blacberries. big, delicious, and intense Pinot Noir.... more
Sku: 042993




Reg. $109.99

The 2010 Beaune Les Greves wraps around the palate with layers of rich, textured fruit. Crushed rocks, mint and flowers develop in the glass, adding considerable depth, dimension and complexity to the dark fruit. Layers of flavor continue to build ... more
Sku: 131007


Reg. $1.99

  Sku: 052137


Reg. $119.99

  Sku: P59277


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