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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 is a classic expression of Burgundian Pinot ... more
Sku:033831
Reg. $16.99


  Sku:141209
Reg. $15.99
On Sale $12.99


Hubert and Romaric Chavy-Chouet represent the 6th  more
Sku:044733
Reg. $26.99


Bourgogne Pinot Noir is the regional appellation ... more
Sku:022228
Reg. $15.99

  750ML     

Wine: Gamay de terroir elegant and floral, quite ... more
Sku:057640
Reg. $26.99


This Pinot Noir exhibits a nice ruby colour. On ... more
Sku:900020
Reg. $19.99


Elegantly balanced. Aromas of red fruits, herbs ... more
Sku:213140
Reg. $23.99

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  Sku:042455
Reg. $25.99


Situated above Nuits-Saint-Georges on stony ... more
Sku:038296
Reg. $39.99


A wonderful alternative to heavier reds, this ... more
Sku:025353
Reg. $27.99


  Sku:308749
Reg. $29.99


I love this wine. Iconoclast Rebel winemaker from  more
Sku:032286
Reg. $17.99
On Sale $15.99


18.5/20 Dan Haas: Deep color. A very ripe, ... more
Sku:038291
Reg. $79.99


Half Bottle You may have figured out that ... more
Sku:034380
Reg. $13.99


Aromas of spices, smoke, and cherry.Garnet with ... more
Sku:018670
Reg. $19.99
On Sale $14.99

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