Monday, September 1, 2014

This Fall try wines from the Southern end of the Cotes d’ Or, France… Great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the lesser known appellations!

Burgundy wines are glamorous. Smooth, well-designed and mouthwatering. At their best they are otherworldly and among the priciest wines on the planet; both the Red’s and the Whites.

It’s a combination of powerful and delicacy at the same time.

With that said….

Burgundy, France is overflowing with wine. In fact, some of the best values in Burgundy France come from the Southern end of the Cote d’ Or( which means the 'Golden Slope' and stretches from the city of Dijon running south to Santenay).

The reason I say some of the best values come from the south end of Burgundy is not only because it’s true. It's because the wine is more accessible; softer and very welcoming.

Try this approach. Search for those Burgundy wines that are just at arm’s length from the most famous appellations. Just because you won’t find any Grand Cru’s or large estate wineries does not mean a thing in my book. They are subjected to the same weather conditions, topography, and provide that incomparable taste of Burgundy. This wine is sensational and thought provoking!

By the way, the Northern part of Burgundy (Cote de Nuits) produces red wines almost exclusivlely. Just south of the Nuits is Cote de Beaune (pronounced 'Bone') which produces
the great whites. The area we are talking about is below Cote de Beaune.

Sure, there are some differences in the vintages but not in the 'sense of place'. Which is where it's at; when we talk about the wine region of Burgundy.

Let’s list out the towns to look for... and some might ring a bell; if you don’t know already. These places just don't usually jump out at you in average every day wine talk, you know.

Look for wines from the Southern Cote Chalonnaise, Bouzeron, Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny(which all have Premier Cru’s by the way…).

Also look the wines of the Maconnais with richer soils just south of the Cote Chalonnaise.

You will see wines from the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape of course…But you’ll also see a refreshing white wine called Aligote and maybe Pinot Blanc. Try it!

Look for Negociants as well...such as Louis Jadot, Drouhin, Louis Latour and Faively to name a few.

Hence, these are the areas of southern Burgundy just before reaching Beaujolais that are not part of the most famous; yet they are incredible. It’s just the way it is…. And a lot of it has to do with history, property rights, inheritance and complex birth right laws that make it these vineyards have less of a spotlight.



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