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“Burgundy is the most fascinating, the most complex and the most intractable fine wine region in the world. Nowhere is fine wine – occasionally great wine, but also, sadly, frequently disappointing wine – made in such small quantities, in so many different ways, by so many characters… Burgundy is an enigma.”

Clive Coates, Master of Wine Author of ‘The Wines of Burgundy’, University of California Press

Gateway to the Le Montrachet VineyardThese words sum up most wine enthusiasts’ experience of Burgundy. The truism is probably most evident in the £10 – £20 price bracket. Below this level one tends to find good-quality commercial wines, while above it lies the territory of the renowned producers. Fortunately for our customers, we’ve nurtured our relationships with Burgundian producers both large and small over many years, so we’re confident that the wines on show here go some way to cracking the Burgundy enigma, offering equally great quality and value for money.

Key facts & figures

27,636 hectares of vineyards (3% of all vineyards in France).

100 different Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée (total of 477 AOC across France).

4,300 individual growers (85% of these have less than 10 hectares of vines).

Hospices de BeauneOutside of Chablis, all of Burgundy’s Grand Cru vineyards are situated in the Côte d’Or, which runs south from Dijon. In this somewhat confusing part of the region, wines are generally produced in small quantities, with huge variations in style and quality depending on the terroir of the vineyard and the skill of the winemaker. Further south, the Côte Chalonnaise produces less expensive but good quality wines, while the more affordable reds and whites can be found in larger volumes in the Mâconnais region.

In many areas of Burgundy, Napoleonic inheritance laws have subdivided vineyards to the point where many growers now only own one or two rows of vines in any given climat. While some growers produce their own wine under a Domaine label, more often than not they will sell their grapes to a negociant or co-operative, to be blended with other grapes from the same appellation in order to create a larger volume.

The complexity of Burgundy is quite incredible. Growers, negociants and co-operatives all have a very important role to play, with the best all producing good to exceptional quality wines at realistic prices.

Mercurey 1er Cru ‘En Sanzenay’ 2007, Domaine de Mercey
£14.99*

Smoke and pepper notes intermingle with fresh earth and undergrowth characters. A great wine for ripe cheeses.

Ladoix Rouge 2006, Domaine Chevalier Père et Fils
£14.99*

From the Président des Vignerons de Bourgogne, this is a delicate red of great texture, displaying elegant floral and cherry characters.

Aloxe-Corton 2006/07, Domaine Chevalier Père et Fils
£19.99*

This stunning, strawberry and black cherry infused Pinot has a rare purity, richness and overall harmony, encapsulating everything that makes Burgundy so special.

Winter Whites

Bourgogne Blanc 2007, Pierre Morey

£14.99*

Handcrafted following strict biodynamic principles, with fruit sourced from younger vines in and around the finest Meursault vineyards.

Pouilly-Fuissé 2007/08, Domaine Cordier
£15.99 or £14.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

With tropical fruit characters, elegant minerality and refreshing citrus acidity, this stands up to the Côte d’Or’s best at a fraction of the price.

Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc 2007, Louis Jadot
£18.99 or £14.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

Slightly rustic with crisp Chardonnay fruit offset by gentle oak nuances. Perfect with poultry or fish in a white sauce.

Jean Bourguignon

Gevrey Chambertin 2006, Jean Bourguignon
£17.99 or £14.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

Wild berry and leather aromas lead to red fruit and liquorice notes on the palate. Perfect with roast venison or feathered game.

Meursault 2006/07, Jean Bourguignon
£17.99 or £14.99 when you buy 2 bottles*

Deliciously complex, revealing fine hazelnut, toast and honey characters. Enjoy with roast chicken or goose this Christmas.

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*All prices valid until 1st February 2010

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