Burgundy is a wine region in central-eastern France near to the city of Dijon, built on centuries of winemaking tradition; so much so that the French government has backed Burgundians in their call UNESCO World Heritage Status for their many different terroirs, known as ‘climats’. Top estates and figures, such as Aubert de Villaine, co-manager of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, have backed the move.

Burgundy’s key grape varieties are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, largely due to the cool and moderate climate of the region.

There are four different classificaitons in Burgundy: regional/district, commune, and two kinds of single vineyard communes, Premier Cru and Grand Cru. This is one of the ways that Burgundy’s architecture differs from its traditional rival in France, Bordeaux, because many producers own patches of vineyard in different areas, rather than self-contained estates.

Wines from the wider Burgundy regions are labelled as Bourgogne AC, and the best come from the Cote d’Or – split into the Cote de Nuit from the North and the Cote de Beaune in the South. Key red wine communes include Gevry-Chambertin, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Beaune, Pommard and Volnay. Well-known white wine communes include Chablis, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Macon and Pouilly-Fuisse.

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Vineyards in Chablis, Burgundy

Best Chablis 2014 wines Gérard Basset OBE MW MS spent several weeks visiting domaines and tasting Burgundy 2014 en primeur wines for Decanter. The Chablis 2014 wines listed below all…

White Burgundy

Discreet marzipan nose with a touch of honey. On the palate it is quite rich and concentrated with piercing but not green acidity. It’s clearly ripe but has an almost…

Very ripe and distinctive apple and apricot aromas – almost honeyed with some tropical fruit. It’s a luxurious style despite the absence of oak: very succulent, spicy and complex, with…

White Burgundy

Lean apple and lime nose, then a taut, concentrated palate lifted by fine acidity. This has tension and intensity; well balanced and long. Wine-Searcher stockist search

Reticent fruit on the firm, toasty nose. On the palate it’s plump, juicy and spicy with a vibrant, lively acid backbone. Has potential. Wine-Searcher stockist search

White Burgundy

Super-ripe, generous aromas of apple and honey. Good attack – rich, sleek, concentrated and stylish; it’s very ripe but not cloying. Wine-Searcher stockist search

Spicy apple-pie nose, boasting generous fruit. Lavish fruit continues on the rich, suave, full-bodied palate that has some oak, concentration and length.Wine-Searcher stockist search

Heady, opulent apricot nose. The palate is lush and juicy but not heavy, although it’s certainly concentrated. An upfront style with moderate acidity so best enjoyed young for its fine…