March 21, 2013
Burgundy is one of the most well known wine regions in France. The region's name alone is highly respected. The wines from this eastern region are also called “Burgundies” and come with many characteristics that are thought of as some of the most exclusive wines in the world. Although France may have made them famous, America and other countries have successfully produced fabulous wines from the same grape varietals used, but with a distinct difference in taste. Let’s take a look a look at the “original” Burgundy birthplace to get the feel of this complicated and often difficult to understand region.
The two types of wine from this region are the Pinot Noir (red burgundy) and Chardonnay (white burgundy). The Burgundy region has five well-known sub-regions, each one with its own personality and style. The terroir, (ter-wahr), climate and soil, is so diverse that it’s different from one vineyard to the next which allows these wines to express their true beauty when developed. The soils in Burgundy consist of clay, limestone and marls, and the climate can change just as quickly, which is ideal for the two grape varietals in the region.