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Best wines from Burgundy vineyard
With hundred appellations, Burgundy offers an extraordinary mosaic of terroirs. Tasted in their youth or after years in the cellar, Burgundy wines have great tasting moments in store for you.
Grands Crus de Bourgogne
The total wine output of the Côte d'Or represents only one seventh of the output of the Bourgogne region. Yet it is these Grande Crus, of Côtes de Nuits and of Beaurn, that have made the name of the entire Bourgogne region famous through out the world...
Merchant and vineyard owner with 117 hectares, one of the largest in Burgundy, Faiveley, a family business, directed by François Faiveley is a rarity. When we taste at some Burgundian wine merchants we get the inescapable feeling that for them, good management consists in buying poor wine from growers as cheaply as possible and spending a fortune proclaiming "We're the best".At Faiveley, it's rather the other way round. "We don't buy wine, but grapes, and our domaine supplies most of our best wine", says the oenologist Régis Surrel. "My work starts by limiting the yield".
The Mommessin Estate
At the heart of the winegrowing region of Burgundy, near Macon, there's a beautiful building once belonging to Cluny Abbey, St Peter's Barn. It was there that in 1865, Jean-Marie Mommessin founded the estate which almost 130 years later still bears his name.
Rooted in the land, from generation to generation, competition to competition, medal to medal, the Mommessin family has carved its name deep into the history of Burgundy winemaking.
The Lamy family have been vignerons in Saint Aubin in the Bourgogne region since 1640 and the PILLOT family has its origins in 1595 in the commune of Chassagne-Montrachet...
The Burgundy vineyard
Burgundy is so fragmented, that it can be described as a mosaic, whose successive divisions have led to the highest number of appellations per square mile. Going from North to South, one comes first of all to the Yonne (Chablis and Irancy), then the Cote de Nuits and the cote de Beaune, with Meursault and Puligny for the best white wines Then further South, come Chalon-sur-Saone, and Macon with its famous Pouilly-Fuissé. Last comes Beaujolais, stretched out along a 15 km (10 mile) wide strip. Its popularity evokes a companionable glass drunk in a Bistro, and the simple pleasure of a snack.
Every region of Burgundy has its specific soil type - granite, limestone or clay, gentle slopes or well drained hillsides and is perfectly adapted to its environment and climate.
In Burgundy itself (not counting Beaujolais), two vine types predominate, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Pinot Noir, most noble of vine types, accounts for 70% of the surface planted. Here it really shines, producing red wines which are often considered the best in the world !