Viré-Clessé, Burgundy

Today we work our way south through Burgundy, to the southern-most point of the region, the Mâconnais. This is the warmest and driest part of Burgundy, and is known mainly for its Chardonnay (which is responsible for around 85% of annual production), which tends to be drink-now, fruit-forward and less expensive compared to its northerly…

Pernand-Vergelesses, Burgundy

This week we’ll be travelling further south through Burgundy to the Cote de Beaune, to a section known mainly for its red wines. However this appellation I’ve chosen does the opposite, as it is most famously known for its white wines! The region of Pernand-Vergelesses is surrounded by vineyards known across the globe for producing…

Marsannay, Burgundy

No, this is not the home of the Marsanne grape variety in the south of France- quite the opposite! In one of the very northernmost corners of Burgundy there is a very unique region that not many people know about. The Marsannay appellation is a part of the Côte de Nuits sub-region of Bourgogne a.k.a….

Friday Focus; Pouilly-Fuissé

Not to be confused with Pouilly-Fume in the central Loire Valley (I used to always mix them up!), today we travel to one of the lesser known corners of Burgundy, France; the Macon. A not so glamorous AOC usually associated with entry-level and easy to drink whites, within the Macon one can discover smaller regions…

Vougeot, Burgundy

Today we travel right to the heart of Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits to a region that, when speaking of quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is legendary – a name synonymous with quality for several centuries; Vougeot. This appellation is unique for 2 main reasons; first, Vougeot has the highest percentage of Grand Cru vineyards of…

Puligny-Montrachet

Today we touch on a region known for the production of the epitome of wines made from the Chardonnay grape, a region winemakers the world over covet, and a style of wine they attempt to imitate. The village was originally called just Puligny until 1879, when the Montrachet section was added in homage to its…

Gevrey-Chambertin

One of the first wine areas in the Côte de Nuits region south of Dijon, Gevrey-Chambertin is where Pinot Noir gets very serious.  With 9 Grand Cru sites and 26 Premier Cru sites (41% of the total area under vine!), it’s immediately apparent that you’re in serious winemaking territory here- but only Pinot Noir, as…