Hedonistic, mercurial, evocative and expensive. These are just a few terms used to describe the indescribable: Burgundy. This tiny escarpment in the center of France’s eastern end is, to many wine connoisseurs, the Holy Grail of the wine world. At their best, the wines here are seductive and ravishing… emotional and fickle. They are the physical manifestation of finesse and purity.
In broad terms, there are two mains grapes of Burgundy: Pinot Noir for red and Chardonnay for white. In the north (Cote de Nuits), Pinot Noir dominates. In the south (Cote de Beaune), both red and whites are prevalent, although Chardonnay garners the lion’s share of the attention.