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Burgundy, France

One of the most prestigious wine regions

Lush green vineyards paint the rolling landscape of this region renowned for its winemaking. It's no exaggeration to suggest even people who don't drink wine have heard of Bourgogne, as it's called by the French. Known for its rich history and excellent cuisine, its fame as a prestigious winemaking region is unmatched. There are more than 600 appellations, or officially designated growing regions, that exist within five sub-regions of Burgundy. There have been vines grown in the area since the second century AD, esteemed wines produced as early as the 14th century and today it has 100 AOC vineyards, more than 30 are classified as Grand Cru and even more as Premier Cru. Over half of the wines produced in this region of France are white wines, one varietal in particular is Aligoté. 

But what should you want or expect from a bottle of Bourgogne? With all of the complexity of appellation classifications, not to mention soil and climate, you cannot pin Burgundy down easily. This complexity of origin begets complexity of style and taste. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay and Aligoté are the favored grapes of which you will find single varietals as well as blends, but the region is often promoted over the varietal to distinguish what profile to expect. If you have a white wine from the region of Chablis, it will often be dry. Chardonnays are often unnoaked. Though lesser known than its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir counterparts, Aligoté comes from a region in Burgundy with limestone rich soils and cooler temperatures. These conditions and the grapes tolerance to a cooler climate produce a wine that is acidic, earthy, and citrusy on the palate. One thing is certain--for fans of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Bourgogne is a must-try.