Classification of Burgundy - 4 Packs
The regional appellation is the Bourgogne Pinot Noir that is written in big on the label. It means that the vineyards used to make that wine could be located anywhere in Burgundy, therefore there isn’t any specific location written. These wines are the entry level of the region, usually nice, approachable and easy to drink.
CONFURON-GINDRE - BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR 2017 - $48
Confuron-Gindre are based in Vosne Romanée and are run by Claudine and François Confuron, with their son Edouard. Edouard’s influence has seen some whole-bunch fermentation in the winemaking and new oak is used in varying degrees across the range but is always wonderfully integrated and harmonious. Made up from parcels across Vosne-Romanée with old vines up to 80 years old
This wine is vibrant and full of life showing Aromatic, fruity, fresh cherry, earthy mushrooms. The palate is delicate but structure with pristine red fruit, electric acidity and chewy earth driven tannin. This wine shows the pure beauty of Vosne-Romanée, old vines and time in barrel. Enjoy with game dishes like duck or quail, root vegetables, Sheppard’s pie. Drink now or to 2025+ 100% Pinot Noir.
The Village appellation is for example Chambertin. It means that you read the name of the village where the vineyard is located in big on the label. It makes it very easy because it gives you the exact location throughout Burgundy where the wine comes from. The wines are more complex than the regional appellations with more depth and length on the palate.
MARC ROY - GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN "VIEILLES VIGNES" 2016 - $134
Domaine Marc Roy is an impressive Domaine of only four hectares. Their wines are arguably the most accomplished of the village appellation. The cuvée “Vieilles Vignes” is made from vines averaging 70 years in age from plots such as En Jouise, Carougeot, Les Murots, Les Crais, Vignes Belles and Les Seuvrées.
The nose is powerful, with a great concentration of red berries and earthiness. The taste is lively, delivering a great weight on the palate, framed by a delicious minerality. It can be matched with charcuterie, barbecued beef and cheeses. It shows well in its youth with decanting and can benefit from being cellared between four to ten years. 100% Pinot Noir.
The 1er Cru appellation is for example Nuits-St-Georges “La Richemone”. For this classification, the location is narrowed to a specific area within the village itself. A 1er Cru is of a better quality than the village appellation because the vineyard is located on soils that perform much better than others. You can refer to the map of the village of Nuits-St-Georges below, where all the 1er Cru plots are named and highlighted in orange. There are only 10% of the total Burgundy vineyards that are classified as 1er Cru. It is very rare.
VAN CANNEYT - NUITS-ST-GEORGES 1ER CRU "LA RICHEMONE" - $198
The premier cru “La Richemone” vineyard is nestled in between the famous premier crus "Aux Murgers", "Aux Cras", "Aux Chaignots" and "Les Damodes". All these being on the Vosne-Romanée side, therefore more on the seductive and spices flavour profile.
La Richemone shows the power and muscle that are typical of the site. Super-ripe black cherry, mocha, new leather, liquorice and game add to the wine's burly, potent feel. On the palate, the structure is apparent, though it holds nicely this very powerful wine. It can be paired with roast chicken, beef burgundy, game, charcoaled beef or cow cheese. It can be decanted for 30 minutes before serving or cellared up until 2028+. 100% Pinot Noir.
Last but definitely not least, at the top of the classification is the Grand Cru appellation. For example Clos de Vougeot located in the village of Vougeot. In this elite group of exceptional vineyards, only 33 in Burgundy that represent 1.4% of the total production of wine, you read the name of the vineyard in big on the label. There isn’t any direct reference to the village it comes from. You need to do a bit of research for these Grand Cru. These wines are rarely available and are extremely good quality.
HENRI BOILLOT - CLOS DE VOUGEOT GRAND CRU 2016 - $398
In one generation, Henri Boillot has dramatically increased the quality of his Domaine wines and created a boutique négoce of the highest reputation. The wines, honed by Henri’s prodigious talent, display such a high level of detail and complexity that it is fair to say that they are among the very best representatives of Burgundy’s finest. The Clos Vougeot is from a small parcel of land located on the top part of Clos de Vougeot called Grand Maupertui.
The nose is complex with notes of hummus, black and green tealeaves and red to dark fruit. On the palate, the Clos Vougeot is ample, nicely structured with silky but firm tannins and a lingering finish. It can be paired with game meat, beef burgundy, coq au vin and cow’s milk cheese. It needs six to eight years to show its full complexity and can be cellared until 2036 and beyond. 100% Pinot Noir.