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Burgundy Wine

The historic vineyards of Burgundy lie in an arc from Auxerre to Lyon, with the heartland of the Côte d’Or situated to the north and south of Beaune. From Chablis in the north, through the Côte D’Or, Côte Chalonnaise, Maçonnais and finally Beaujolais, this region is the spiritual home of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varieties. Extreme fragmentation of vineyards due to the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Law of Succession means that (particularly in the Côte d’Or) relatively small vineyards have multiple owners (of varying ability) and quantities of the best wines are miniscule.
  • Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru 'Aux Murgers' 2009

    A powerful, opulent Premier Cru Pinot Noir that requires a few years bottle-age before it will begin to reveal a multitude of red fruit, leather, truffle and game flavours. 'Aux Murgers' is one of the 41 Premier Cru sites (there are no Grand Cru in NSG) in the 300 hectare Burgundy appellation of Nuits-Saint-Georges.

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    • Bottle £35.00
    • Bottle Case £420.00
  • Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2008

    This is a terrific, traditional red Burgundy from a fourth generation, family-run, organic estate. The 30 hectares of Charmes-Chambertin form the largest of Gevrey-Chambertin’s nine Grand Crus, and this complex and ageworthy Pinot Noir is dense and dark and has a wonderfully unembellished sense of 'terroir' that first piqued our interest.

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    • Bottle £69.00
    • Bottle Case £828.00
  • Aloxe-Corton: Domaine François Gay & Fils 2010

    This beguiling red Burgundy hails from a small, family-run estate in the North of the Côte de Beaune and is made from pure Pinot Noir that is hand harvested at optimum maturity. 2010 was a stellar vintage in Burgundy and this should age well for at least a decade but is already approachable now - if decanted. With attractive forest floor and mushroom scents and a complex palate of dark hedgerow fruit supported by fine-grained tannins this will make a fine match for classic Gallic dishes such as bœuf bourguignon or coq au vin.

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    • Bottle £32.00
    • Bottle Case £384.00
  • Beaune 1er Cru 'Les Teurons' 2010

    This classic, muscular Pinot Noir requires 3-5+ years cellaring before starting to reveal its potential, and now has a loyal following amongst our customers. 'Les Teurons' is one of the 42 Premier Cru vineyards (there are no Grand Crus in Beaune) that sits plum in the middle of this 400+ hectare appellation, just outside the iconic home of the Burgundy wine trade.

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    • Bottle £33.00
    • Bottle Case £396.00
  • Bourgogne Pinot Noir: Stéphane Brocard 2013

    A fine, well-crafted example of Burgundy Pinot Noir and a sibling for our Bourgogne Chardonnay, it has a palate of soft red fruits and will please red wine lovers as it drinks well with and without food. Served lightly-chilled it makes an ideal pairing for a simple collation of charcuterie, fresh bread and cornichons and perhaps some ripe Brie de Maux.

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    • Bottle £14.50
    • Bottle Case £174.00
  • Morgon: Cuvée Jean Claude Aucoeur 2013

    The flagship Morgon 'Cuvée Jean-Claude Aucoeur', from mature rootstock and named after the domaine’s founding father, is a denser, darker more structured and age-worthy wine than its Beaujolais Villages sibling.

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    • Bottle £13.50
    • Bottle Case £162.00
  • Meursault: Stéphane Brocard 2013

    This magnificent white Burgundy from Stéphane Brocard, is a crisp, yet full-flavoured and rich Chardonnay. It would partner a roast 'Bresse' chicken to perfection.

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    • Bottle £29.50
    • Bottle Case £354.00
  • Chablis: Domaine Christophe Camu Grand Cru Les Clos 2013

    A complex Grand Cru Chablis with from the celebrated Les Clos vineyard (just above the town of Chablis itself) that has a pale straw colour and delicate floral aromas leading to a classic ‘nervy’ palate of gun-flint mineral tastes over ripe orchard fruit underscored by a fine acidity and a long, dry, elegant finish.

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    • Bottle £39.00
    • Bottle Case £468.00
  • Beaujolais Villages: Sélection de Vieilles Vignes 2014

    Classic, red Beaujolais Villages - a lovely, supple, mid-weight Gamay that's a versatile wine for kitchen lunches and suppers and is best served lightly chilled.

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    • Bottle £10.50
    • Bottle Case £126.00
  • Beaujolais Villages Blanc 2014

    An old-vine Beaujolais Villages blanc made from pure Chardonnay that sees no oak, it has fresh apple blossom scents and a taut and minerally, whistle-clean palate. It makes a bracing aperitif or partner to dressed crab or whitebait.

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    • Bottle £11.95
    • Bottle Case £143.40
  • Bourgogne Aligoté: Stéphane Brocard 2014

    New to our 2015 wine list, after selfless road-testing chez Yapp, is a zesty, young Bourgogne Aligoté that makes a cracking kir or pre-prandial sharpener. We very much hope you will appreciate it as much as we do!

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    • Bottle £11.75
    • Bottle Case £141.00
  • Bourgogne Chardonnay: Stéphane Brocard 2014

    A classic, unoaked, crisp Chardonnay which is an ideal starting point for exploring our white Burgundy range. Made by savvy, young négociant, Stéphane Brocard, who was instrumental in helping us develop our Burgundy offering, it's a delicious, crisp and unoaked example to savour on its own or with a simple dish of fruits de mer.

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    • Bottle £12.95
    • Bottle Case £155.40
  • Pouilly-Fuissé: Stéphane Brocard 2013

    This elegant Chardonnay from Stéphane Brocard hails from Pouilly Fuissé in the Mâconnais subregion of Burgundy, and this more southerly location makes it richer, fleshier and more gastronomic than his Bourgogne Chardonnay. A fine pairing for smoked fish.

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    • Bottle £19.95
    • Bottle Case £239.40
  • Pommard: Stéphane Brocard 2012

    This flagship Pommard from Stéphane Brocard's 'Château d'Antigny' label is this weighty Pinot Noir, typical of this commune which is known for producing powerful, full-flavoured wines. Approachable when young, especially if decanted, this rich red Burgundy will age well for 5-10 years.

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    • Bottle £31.00
    • Bottle Case £372.00
  • Chablis: Domaine Christophe Camu 2014

    Classy, unoaked Chablis from a talented, sixth generation winemaker. It is light and supple enough to savor without accompaniment but will take all manner of crustacea and seafood in its stride.

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    • Bottle £15.95
    • Bottle Case £191.40
  • Nuits-Saint-Georges: Domaine Paul Misset 2012

    This forward-drinking, soft, supple red Burgundy from Nuits-Saint-Georges is a marvellous expression of the Pinot Noir grape that will provide rewarding drinking for a further decade. A Grand Vin de Bourgogne.

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    • Bottle £31.00
    • Bottle Case £372.00
  • Chablis: Domaine Christophe Camu 'Montmains' Premier Cru 2014

    Ratcheting up a gear in rank (and, bien sur, price) from the generic Chablis is Christophe's 'Premier Cru' bottling from the Montmains climat. A top quality Chablis that will stand up well to fish or poultry in creamy sauces and will cellar for a decade.

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    • Bottle £21.50
    • Bottle Case £258.00
  • Clos de Vougeot: Domaine Paul Misset Grand Cru 2006

    A stupendous wine from the famous 50-hectare walled vineyard of Clos de Vougeot on the Côte de Nuits in Burgundy. This Vin de Garde, which is produced from 70-year-old vines, gives full expression to the Pinot Noir grape, with powerful, complex flavours of game and wild fruits.

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    • Bottle £75.00
    • Bottle Case £900.00
  • Chablis: Domaine Christophe Camu 2013

    Classy, unoaked Chablis from a talented, sixth generation winemaker. It is light and supple enough to savor without accompaniment but will take all manner of crustacea and seafood in its stride.

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    • Magnum £39.00
    • Magnum Case £234.00
  • Beaujolais en Besset: Domaine de Fa 2014

    The esteemed Graillot family recently acquired 8 hectares of Beaujolais in the crus of Saint Amour (in the climat of Côte de Besset) and Fleurie, that they named Domaine de Fa. In future vintages these will be bottled as separate crus, but this inaugural vintage was bottled as a simple Beaujolais (due to time constraints rather than qualitative reasons), making it a one-off and relative bargain.

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    • Bottle £12.50
    • Bottle Case £150.00
  • Vosne Romanée: Domaine Paul Misset 'Les Barreaux' 2012

    'Les Barreaux' is a prime village-level lieu-dit of Vosne Romanée that sits on east facing slopes in a north running combe directly above the Grand Cru of Richebourg and the legendary Premier Cru Cros Parentoux. The perfumed and elegant wines of this appellation are the greatest expression of Pinot Noir in the world.

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    • Bottle £35.00
    • Bottle Case £420.00
  • Pernand-Vergelesses: Domaine François Gay & Fils 2013

    François and Pascal Gay make a range of reds from their vine-holdings in the Cote de Beaune, but just one white – this un-ashamedly traditional Chardonnay from Pernand-Vergelesses, a lesser known (ergo, great value) commune next to the Hill of Corton.

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    • Bottle £24.95
    • Bottle Case £299.40
  • Gevrey-Chambertin: Domaine Henri Richard 'Aux Corvées' 2012

    Travelling south from Dijon, the 400 hectares of Gevrey Chambertin mark the start of the great vineyards of Burgundy's Côte de Nuits. This is a wonderful, traditional Pinot Noir from a fourth generation, family-run, organic estate and comes from the Aux Corvées climat, just behind the family home. We've enjoyed it immensely on its youthful fruit but it should show even better with bottle-age.

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    • Bottle £36.00
    • Bottle Case £432.00
  • Chambolle Musigny: Domaine Misset-Cheron 'Les Condemennes' 2013

    This Chambolle Musigny from Domaine Misset-Cheron is an elegant Burgundy wine from a softer vintage that is drinking extremely well at present. The lieu-dit 'Les Condemennes' is a villages-level site just below premier cru Les Charmes on the Musigny side of the village.

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    • Bottle £35.00
    • Bottle Case £420.00

Quick and Easy Guide to the wines of Burgundy

Bamboozle wine bores with a profound understanding of Burgundy

Overview:
The historic vineyards of Burgundy lie in a 230km arc from Auxerre to Lyon, with the heartland of the Côte d'Or situated to the north and south of Beaune. From Chablis in the north, through the Côte D'Or, Côte Chalonnaise, Maçonnais and finally Beaujolais, this region is the spiritual home of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varieties. Extreme fragmentation of vineyards due to the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Law of Succession means that (particularly in the Côte d'Or) relatively small vineyards have multiple owners (of varying ability) and quantities of the best wines are miniscule. The region enjoys a gastronomic and viticultural heritage that is unsurpassed.

Area Under Vine:
Burgundy has over 600 AOCs (compared to 57 in Bordeaux), 27,000 hectares under vine, although half the region's entire output is Beaujolais.

Key AOCs:
Chablis, Vosne-Romanée, Clos de Vougeot, Nuits-Saints-Georges, Corton-Charlemagne, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Pouilly-Fuissé, Macon & Beaujolais.

Principal grapes:
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Aligoté & Gamay.

Notable domaines:
Mortet, Dujac, DRC, Roumier, Cathiard, Anne Gros, Henri Jayer, Bonneau du Martray, Raveneau, Coche-Dury, Leflaive, Lapierre, Guffens-Heynen, plus important negociant houses Latour, Bouchard, Jadot, Duboeuf.

Local delicacies:
Beef bourguignon, coq au vin, oeufs en meurette (eggs poached in wine), escargots in parsley and garlic, époisses (cheese) Dijon mustard, crème de cassis liqueur.

Restaurants we like:
Le Chambolle (Chambole-Musigny), Relais Bacchus (Lancié), Le Gourmandin (Beaune), Le Montrachet (Puligny-Montrachet) & Au P'tit Kir (Saint Léger sur Dheune).

Famous people from the region:
Pierre Paul Prud'hon (Romantic painter), Gustave Eiffel (engineer), Gaspard Monge (mathematician), Pierre Larousse (lexicographer), Bernard Thevenet (two- time Tour de France winner).

Things to do:
Hire bikes and cycle the Route des Grand Crus, take a boat ride on the Canal du Centre; see washed-rind cheeses being made at the Gaugry fromagerie, attend the Hospices de Beaune wine auction, view Impressionist paintings in the Musée des Beaux-Arts housed in the Palais des Ducs (Dijon) or check out the covered food market Les Halles.

Bien classique:
Gevrey-Chambertin: Domaine Henri Richard.

Autre chose:
Beaujolais blanc: Arnaud Aucoeur.