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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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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. $11.99

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. $24.99

  Sku: P58268


Reg. $17.99

Bourgogne Pinot Noir is the regional appellation and the fruit can come from any part of Burgundy. At Maison Louis Latour we select only the best grapes from the best vineyard plots to make this ‘cuvée’ which represents quality and value for money. ... more
Sku: 022228


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. $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. $39.99

Brilliant wine from a very tough vintage. Jean Foillard is one of the best. Nice Color, balanced ... more
Sku: P57874


Reg. $19.99

Aromas of spices, smoke, and cherry.Garnet with purple hints; very expressive nose of red and black fruits; aromatic and fruity mouth with round tannins. Drink young to enjoy freshness.... more
Sku: 018670


Reg. $23.99

Elegantly balanced. Aromas of red fruits, herbs and spice.... more
Sku: 213140


Reg. $14.99

An elegant effort, the red-fruited 2006 Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir Bourgogne is a solid wine with fine balance; drinks very nicely now; a good choice with lamb chopsThe hue has usually a brillant ruby-garnet colour. The nose offers effusive ... more
Sku: 040164


Reg. $54.99
On Sale $44.99

Color Very nice deep ruby red. Bouquet Light aromas of red fruit. Taste Rich and round in the mouth, with a long, finish and a well-balanced woody character.... more
Sku: 10:13:22


Reg. $17.99
On Sale $15.99

I love this wine. Iconoclast Rebel winemaker from Beaujolais making more Burgundian style wines; this has a little more weight then most Bojo wines- yet still elegant and takes a chill wonderfully well. Brilliant ... more
Sku: 032286


Reg. $59.99

  Sku: P57549


Reg. $24.99

  Sku: P57245


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


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