Which grape variety in Burgundy? ~ The secrets of the grape varieties king in Burgundy
Chardonnay is a Burgundian plant that produces pretty golden bunches of grapes, its grains are small but rich with a deliciously sweet white juice. This grape variety is found in the greatest white wines of Chablis, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais.
Chardonnay has a very good capacity to adapt to different types of soil (a preference for clay-limestone marls), while offering unique styles thanks to the terroir in which it is produced. Such as the richness of its soil, its exposure, its appellation and much more...
This grape variety is incredible, from one region to another, the wines are all different for our greatest pleasure!
In Chablis, the Chardonnay offers a very dry wine with a nice minerality, whereas in the Mâconnais the wine is tender, fresh, with notes of white flowers and a nice acidity on the finish.
In the Côte de Beaune, it offers great famous white wines such as Meursault, Corton-Charlemagne and Bienvenue-Bâtard-Montrachet! At the time of tasting these wines are opulent, well balanced between fat and acidity, structured with aromas of brioche, butter, honey and a very nice length on the finish.
In Côte Chalonnaise, it is a wine marked by notes of lemon, flower, yellow fruit, brioche with a nice salty acidity on the finish.
The pinot noir produces great red wines of renown, we recognize it with its small grains with fine, delicate skin, purplish black color, they contain an abundant juice, colorless and sweet. It is during the maceration and fermentation in vats that the colouring matter contained in the grape skins gives the wine its lovely red hue.
Pinot noir adapts very well to the limestone, stony and marly soil of Burgundy, not too deep, well drained and well exposed, between 250 and 300 meters of altitude. This grape variety is grown mainly in the vineyards of the Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise.
Depending on its terroir, pinot noir will offer different wines, many famous appellations are made from this grape variety such as Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, la Romanée-Conti.
This grape variety offers very beautiful wines with a great richness, a beautiful aromatic complexity, notes of red fruits (strawberry, raspberry, cherry, ...), empyreumatic notes (tobacco, toast, smoked, ...), vegetal (wet leaves, mushrooms, ...), in the mouth a beautiful intensity, the tannins are incredibly elegant, delicate with a beautiful freshness and structure.
The red grands crus of Burgundy such as Charmes-Chambertin, Clos Vougeot or Clos des Lambrays are complex, powerful with a very good ageing capacity.
The famous Aligoté grape variety, used for its aperitif kir white wine flavoured with Burgundy blackcurrant cream. What a delight!
Aligoté, an old Burgundian grape variety, we recognize its grapes because they are bigger and more numerous, with an orange-yellow colour unlike Chardonnay.
This grape variety is planted from Chablis to the Mâconnais, used in the regional AOC Bourgogne-Aligoté, Coteaux Bourguignons, Crémants de Bourgogne and the AOC Village de Bouzeron in the Côte Chalonnaise (this is an exception for the latter, since normally the wine never bears the name of the village where it is grown).
It is a white wine of pale yellow colour, with golden reflections, with a floral and fruity nose (peach, green apple, citrus fruits, ...). On the palate, it is appreciated for its freshness and greediness!
Aligoté is perfect for an aperitif, a lunch with friends with a seafood platter, white meats, steamed vegetables and why not fresh cheeses such as goat's cheese. A delight!
The Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc de Bourgogne is a village appellation since 2003 from the Auxerrois vineyard in the Yonne (1200 hectares). Planted on Saint-Bris-le-Vineux, Chitry, Irancy, Quenne and Vincelottes with a limestone terroir, facing north, one can recognize its compact bunches with small golden yellow berries.
The sauvignon grape variety offers a light white wine with a fruity flavour, called Saint-Bris. The pale yellow colour with golden reflections, with notes of citrus fruits (grapefruit, ...), exotic fruits (lychee, ...) and blackcurrant leaves crumpled on the nose. On the palate, it develops a lively wine that awakens the taste buds. Excellent on the youth !
Gamay represents 11% of the Burgundy wine-growing area, mainly in the Mâconnais. This grape variety is planted on acid and granitic soils unlike pinot noir.
The gamay grape variety can be blended with pinot noir to bring colour and redcurrant notes to different appellations such as Mâcon, Bourgogne Passe-Tout-Grains, Coteaux Bourguignons and some Crémants de Bourgogne.
The wines made from Gamay have a beautiful red colour with purple reflections, aromas of red fruits (redcurrant, strawberry, raspberry, ...) and black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry, blueberry, ...), on the palate the tannins are not very present and a good acidity on the finish.
After a few years of ageing, the wine evolves, a dark ruby colour, with a nose of prune and spicy notes. On the palate the tannins are silky and pleasant.
It can be enjoyed with charcuterie, meats such as rabbit, andouillettes, or red fruit desserts.