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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 underscored by zesty nuances of peppercorns, gentle tannins and a clean acidity, finishing on a succulent, refreshing note.... more
Sku: P58386


Reg. $14.99

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


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Bright red fruits abound in this likeable cherry and banana-flavored wine. It has a soft tannic edge, laced with acidity and spice on the finish.... more
Sku: 010833


Reg. $18.99

Chteau de la Chaize is among the oldest, most historic estates in Burgundys Beaujolais region. Boasting over 250 acres of vineyards, it is also one of the largest. The property is currently owned and managed by the Marquise de Roussy de Sales family, more
Sku: 141209


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. $34.99

  Sku: 025334


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Reg. $9.99

This brilliant garnet wine is bright and fresh, with ripe, supple crushed strawberry flavors underscored by zesty nuances of peppercorns, gentle tannins and a clean acidity, finishing on a succulent, refreshing note.... more
Sku: 033949




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  Sku: P57549


  375ML Half Bottle    
Reg. $14.99

  Sku: P59512


Reg. $23.99

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


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  Sku: 57923


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  Sku: 038301


Reg. $64.99

Site: at the heart of Cote de Nuits, between Morey-Saint-Denis and Vougeot. History & tradition: the name of the village Chambolle is probably derived from the Celtic ”cambola”, already reputed for its vineyards in Gallo-Roman times ... more
Sku: 018742


Reg. $39.99

Domaine Jean-Noel Gagnard is one of the most respected producers in the world-renowned village of Chassagne-Montrachet in Burgundy’s Cote d’Or, where the family’s history can be traced back to the 15th century. In 1960, Jean-Noel ... more
Sku: 202109


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