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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, the 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 Côte de Nuits runs from Dijon to Nuits-Saint-Georges and is best known for being largely Pinot Noir appellations on a narrow band of limestone soils. The best sites – known as Grand Crus – make a tiny percentage of production but inevitably carry the region's reputation. Premier Crus sit below Grand Crus in the quality hierarchy and themselves sit above village-level wines.

From Beaune south to the Côte Chalonnaise lie the majority of Burgundy's Chardonnay appellations and the quality hierarchy is mostly Premier Cru and village wines with some Grand Crus. Known as the Côte de Beaune after the town of the same name which serves as the key trading centre of the region.

From Chagny in the north to Sercy in the south, the Côte Chalonnaise is named for Chalon-sur-Saône on the area's eastern fringe and is largely comprised of the five AOPs of Rully, Mercurey, Givry Bouzeron and Montagny making good-value village wines and some Premier Crus. It's become the regional centre for growing sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne production.

With a landscape of rolling hills and steep cliffs, Bourgogne's most southerly region around Mâcon owes much to the Cistercian monks from the abbey at Cluny who established the tradition of vineyards in the tenth century. This is white wine country with some 80% of plantings being Chardonnay and most wines are village-level. Mâcon-Villages permits an additional 27 villages to append their names and such wines are generally excellent quality. Some Premier Crus in Fuissé and Saint-Véran were certified in 2020. For the reds, Gamay is planted alongside Pinot Noir (also used to make Crémant).

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  1. Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru: Frédéric Magnien 'Blanchards' 2020
    Bottle
    £49.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £594.00
  2. Corton Grand Cru: Domaine Bertagna 'Les Grandes Lolières' 2018
    Bottle
    £129.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £1,554.00
  3. Charmes-Chambertin: Domaine Henri Richard Grand Cru 2020
    Bottle
    £139.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £1,668.00
  4. Mazoyères-Chambertin: Domaine Henri Richard Grand Cru 2020
    Bottle
    £145.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £1,740.00
  5. Gevrey-Chambertin: Frédéric Magnien 'Vieilles Vignes' 2021
    Bottle
    £56.45
    Bottle (Case)
    £677.40
  6. Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru: Frédéric Magnien 'Les Ruchots' 2019
    Bottle
    £64.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £774.00
  7. Jasper Hill: Georgia's Paddock Riesling 2023
    Bottle
    £33.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £396.00
  8. Jasper Hill: Occam's Razor Shiraz 2022
    Bottle
    £33.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £396.00
  9. Jasper Hill: Georgia's Paddock Nebbiolo 2022
    Bottle
    £45.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £540.00
  10. Vougeot: Domaine Bertagna Premier Cru 'Les Cras' Blanc 2020
    Bottle
    £78.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £942.00
  11. Jasper Hill: Emily's Paddock Shiraz - Cabernet Franc 2022
    Bottle
    £76.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £912.00
  12. Jasper Hill: Georgia's Paddock Shiraz 2022
    Bottle
    £52.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £624.00
    Magnum
    £110.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £660.00
  13. Chambertin-Clos de Bèze: Frédéric Magnien Grand Cru 2021
    Bottle
    £375.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £4,500.00
  14. Beaujolais en Besset: Domaine de Fa 2021
    Bottle
    £19.45
    Bottle (Case)
    £233.40
  15. Chablis: Domaine Christophe Camu 2022
    Bottle
    £20.45
    Bottle (Case)
    £245.40
  16. Côte de Nuits-Villages: Frédéric Magnien 'Croix Violette' 2020
    Bottle
    £30.45
    Bottle (Case)
    £365.40
  17. Santenay: Domaine Bruno Colin 'Vieilles Vignes' 2021
    Bottle
    £45.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £546.00
  18. Yapp White Burgundy: Cave de Lugny 2022
    Bottle
    £16.25
    Bottle (Case)
    £195.00
  19. Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru: Frédéric Magnien 'Borniques' 2018
    Bottle
    £85.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £1,026.00
  20. Bourgogne Pinot Noir: Domaine Bruno Colin 2021
    Bottle
    £29.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £354.00
  21. Chassagne-Montrachet: Domaine Bruno Colin 'Vieilles Vignes' Rouge 2021
    Bottle
    £46.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £558.00
  22. Gevrey-Chambertin: Domaine Henri Richard 'Aux Corvées' 2019
    Bottle
    £50.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £600.00
  23. Bourgogne Chardonnay: Domaine Bruno Colin 2021
    Bottle
    £29.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £354.00
  24. Bourgogne: Domaine Bruno Colin Hautes-Côtes de Beaune 2021
    Bottle
    £35.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £426.00
  25. Forest Hill Vineyard: 'Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
    Bottle
    £21.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £258.00
  26. Aloxe-Corton: Domaine François Gay & Fils 2019
    Bottle
    £44.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £534.00
  27. Meursault: Domaine Louis Jadot 'Narvaux' 2020
    Bottle
    £60.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £720.00
  28. Corton-Renards: Domaine François Gay & Fils Grand Cru 2021
    Bottle
    £75.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £906.00
  29. Ladoix: Domaine François Gay & Fils 2020
    Bottle
    £35.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £426.00
  30. Pommard: Closerie des Alisiers 'La Rue au Port' 2020
    Bottle
    £46.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £558.00
  31. Vougeot: Domaine Bertagna Premier Cru 'Les Cras' Blanc 2019
    Half Bottle
    £42.25
    Half Bottle (Case)
    £1,014.00
  32. Mâcon-Villages: Closerie des Alisiers 2022
    Bottle
    £19.45
    Bottle (Case)
    £233.40
  33. Petit Chablis: Domaine Christophe Camu 2021
    Bottle
    £19.45
    Bottle (Case)
    £233.40
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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.