Bouchard Savigny les Beaune
|Region:||Burgundy , France|
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Burgundy is the birthplace of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Chablis is the most northerly region, not far from Paris. Travelling south one reaches the Côte d'Or (or Golden Slopes), divided into the Côte de Nuits in the north and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Heading south the Châlonnais and Mâconnais lead into the pretty Beaujolais region, where Gamay flourishes.
The area's Chablis is known for its tight flinty style, reflecting the fossil-rich soils. Wines from the Côte de Nuits are mainly red and examples such as Gevrey-Chambertin need time to reveal their truffley, gamey complexities. Further south, the Côte de Beaune produces both red and white wines, and the popularity of white Burgundies such as Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet is rapidly increasing. Many growers are grafting their Pinot vines over to Chardonnay to take advantage of this trend.
The Châlonnais and Mâconnais make mainly white wines, and the villages of Pouilly, Fuissé, Vinzelles and Montagny have a strong following. Gamay-based wines are enjoying renewed popularity and wines from single Beaujolais villages, or 'Crus', such as Fleurie and Chiroubles, are perfect for summer drinking.
This delicate grape variety makes the most delicious wines but is notoriously difficult to grow and very sensitive to climate and weather changes, hence it's more premium price tag. Originating from Burgundy in France, Pinot Noir produces wines that are soft and silky with red berry fruit flavours and aromas that, with age, develop into delightful gamey and ‘earthy’ notes.