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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. $13.99

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. $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. $15.99

This is the ultimate Thanksgiving (glugging) wine, and Beaujolais is a total bird-pairing classic. Weighing in at 12 percent alcohol, this wine will make you giddy for hours without having to worry about slurring your words. An enticing, bright ruby  more
Sku: P59492


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


Reg. $34.99

  Sku: 025334


Reg. $23.99

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




Reg. $26.99

You’ll love this elegant and very well balanced white Burgundy made from organically cultivated Chardonnay. The 2012 Macon-Villages has fresh and lively tropical, citrus and green apple aromas. Ripe pear and golden apple flavors cascade across the ... more
Sku: P59241


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. $79.99

Vintage: 92 Points - David David Schildknecht, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Ripe black cherry and cassis mingled with herbs and leather scent the 2006 Nuits-St.-Georges Clos des Porrets St.-Georges. A complex though hard-to-pin-... more
Sku: 042801


Reg. $13.99

  Sku: P59512




Reg. $15.99

  Sku: P59195


Reg. $59.99

  Sku: P58766


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