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Burgundy is a fascinating wine-growing region responsible
for some of the finest, most famouse and expensive wines in
the world

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About Burgundy

Burgundy is the birthplace of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and produces a vast array of wine styles from these varieties. The region begins just south of Paris and stretches further south to Lyon. The vineyards are often tiny and production of individual wines can be minuscule, but this prestigious region is responsible for some of the finest, most famous wines in the world.

The cooler climate of the north favours production of white wines with incredible purity and freshness such as Chablis. Further south, the Côte d’Or (or ‘Golden Slopes’) produces excellent reds, while the warmer climate of the Mâcon gives rise to juicy, ripe wines such as Pouilly-Fuissé.

At the very bottom lies Beaujolais, a distinct region in its own right, producing vibrant and supple wines that are very popular. Explore this prestigious region further through our region guide below.

Burgundy's wider regions

Côte de Nuits

Côte de Nuits, in the heart of Burgundy, is famed for its red wines and is often referred to as the homeland of Pinot Noir. The best examples of this come from villages such as Nuits-Saint-Georges and Gevery-Chambertin. Wines from here are delicate, with floral notes that will age superbly but equally taste amazing when drunk young.

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Located in the south of Burgundy just west of the Saône river is Mâconnais, an area best known for its white wines packed full of nectarine and tropical fruit flavours. The most famous of all the regions within Mâconnais is the world renowned Pouilly-Fuissé. Made from the Chardonnay grape, these sought-after wines can age for many years and combine ripe fruit intensity with minerality and elegance.

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Lying in the southern limits of Burgundy is the pretty region of Beaujolais – the largest single wine district within the region. The light, low tannin reds for which Beaujolais is famed are created mainly from the Gamay grape which flourishes here. The majority of wine from this region is red, although small amounts of Beaujolais blanc and Beaujolais rosé are also produced.

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Côte de Beaune

This region, to the south of Côte d’Or and lying near the banks of the river Dheune, produces exceptional red and white wines. Côte de Beaune is renowned for its outstanding Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from premier cru vineyards and famous villages such as Puligny-Montrachet and Aloxe-Corton. You will also find amazing premier crus from Meursault.

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