Wines of Burgundy
Another red wine from the Burgundy region again based on the Pinot Noir grape. Pinot Noir is the dominant red grape in Burgundy although some wine is made from Gamay and the two may sometimes be blended. The Burgundy region extends from Chablis in the north to the Maconnais in the south but the most famous wines arguably come from the Cote d’Or a forty kilometer stretch in the middle of the region. Bourgogne is the standard appellation for basic Pinot Noir wine from the region and should be consumed within a few years of the vintage. A good accompaniment to red meat, duck, goose and cheese.
Located just south of Dijon, Marsannay is the most northerly of the Cote de Nuits appellations and, like all our red Burgundy wine, is made from the Pinot Noir grape. With a wonderful ruby colour, and aromas of red fruit and a hint of toast on the nose, this is a full-bodied dry wine with well-balanced tannins and a long finish. Rich and powerful, this is a wonderful accompaniment to duck, goose and game and will be suitable for ageing.
A red Burgundy from the Fixin commune. Fixin is located in the north of the Côte de Nuits just south of Dijon and between Marsannay and Gevrey-Chambertin. The Fixin appellation is not as prestigious as those of some other communes in the Cote d’Or so the wines, still of very good quality, are a little more affordable. This one, like the other reds from Lou Dumont, is made from the Pinot Noir grape, the mainstay of the red wines of Burgundy, of which we have several examples. A small amount of white wine is also produced here from Chardonnay. Fixin is a close neighbour of the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin where the Dumont winery is located. Full-bodied and well-structured with a long finish this would be delicious with red meat, poultry and game dishes.
Gevrey-Chambertin must be one of the most charming towns in Burgundy. Located half-way between Dijon to the north and Nuits-Saint-Georges to the south, it is in the heart of the Côte de Nuits. One of the most famous wine districts in the world, the Côte de Nuits includes many great names. This is all the more striking as the distance between the first important wine commune after leaving Dijon to the north to the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges is a mere 20 kilometres. In the Côte de Nuits, small amounts of Chardonnay are cultivated, but in Gevrey-Chambertin the Pinot Noir grape is king and this appellation can only be used for red wine. Bright ruby in colour, there are aromas of black cherries, blackberries and red fruit from this wine. It is full-bodied, well-balanced and the fruit persists with notes of spices and leather making the long finish more complex, fine and persistent. Previously cited in Le Guide Hachette des Vins, it is a true treat for meats of all kinds. Not surprisingly it will be ideal with beef bourguignon and coq au vin, game, duck and goose.
Chorey-lès-Beaune is a small commune located just north of the town of Beaune. The neighbouring wine areas are Savigny-lès-Beaune and Aloxe-Corton. This wine is rich and deep in colour and like the other wines will age well for ten years or more. Lovely with cold cuts, poultry and red meats but also for drinking on its own to appreciate the finesse of a well-made wine from Pinot Noir.
Located near to Aloxe-Corton and Chorey-lès-Beaune, and situated on the banks of the pretty Rhoin river, Savigny-lès-Beaune is an ideal location for cultivation of Pinot Noir. This wine has a deep cherry-red colour and has aromas of raspberries, blackcurrants and blackberries with hints of violet. The wine is full and fruity, powerful and well-balanced with a delightful finish. With previous star awards in Le Guide Hachette des Vin, this is wonderful match for beef, roast or glazed poultry or lamb. Its elegance will also be a graceful accompaniment to foie gras and various cheeses.
Viticulture has been practiced in Burgundy for nearly two millenia although the Celts may have been vine growers somewhat earlier. The Church had a profound effect on the production of wine in the region especially through the Benedictine and Cistercian monasteries. The latter were named after Cîteaux and their 11th century Abbaye Notre-Dame is still there just 20 km from where this wine is made. The Cistercians are also credited with the construction of the largest walled vineyard in Burgundy, Clos de Vougeot, in the 14th century. They also noticed the variations in quality between different areas in the region, a concept still driving the classification of Burgundy wine. The basic appellation for white or red wine, such as this, is AOC Bourgogne. It is usually made for consumption within 2-3 years of the vintage. This particular one has aromas and flavours of apple and citrus fruits. Full-bodied and well-structured it is a true vin de soif or wine to be consumed when thirsty! Very nice on its own on a hot evening or to accompany cheese, white poultry or light fish.
Three great Chardonnay-growing communes Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet lie just southwest of Beaune. Collectively famed for their white wines, some reds (and good ones too) are also made. This Meursault is an aromatic, full, rich and elegant expression of Burgundian Chardonnay. Ideal with poultry, fish, veal, lobster or prawns. Previously cited in Le Guide Hachette des Vins, this is a wine good for keeping for a decade or more.
In the Maconnais, the southernmost district of Burgundy, the Chardonnay grape continues to reign supreme although for red wine much Gamay is grown also. The whites of this region are sturdy and full-bodied with a well-balanced acidity and are a splendid accompaniment to a wide variety of food including poultry, veal, fish, cold cuts, salads and cheese.
A Pouilly-Fuissé from our friend the negociant and winemaker Lou Dumont whose headquarters are located in the beautiful and charming Burgundy village of Gevrey-Chambertain. This particular wine, of course, comes from much further south in Burgundy in the Maconnais district. Much sought, Pouilly-Fuissé is a 100% Chardonnay-based wine and the grape thrives in the local soil producing the majority of the wines in the district. An aromatic, full-bodied, smooth and well-balanced wine going very nicely with fish, poultry and cheese.
Another southern Chardonnay-based white Burgundy from Lou Dumont, this is from the district of Saint-Véran which is located near the slightly larger and more prestigious Pouilly-Fuissé. Like the latter, there are aromas of peaches, with hints of grapefruit, tropical fruit, honey and lemon. With a refreshing and well-balanced citrus acidity on the palate this is full-bodied, round and powerful. A wonderful accompaniment to fish, white meats, poultry and cheese.