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The soils and vineyards of Burgundy have been very well defined thanks to the studious Monks a few hundred years ago - and the swathe of others who have picked up the baton since.

The Golden Slope (Cote D'or) is divided into two; the Cote du Nuit to the north and the Cote de Beaune to the south. Pinot noir dominates the Cote du Nuit as it loves the limestone nature of the soils and Chardonnay thrives in the heavier calcareous marl soils on the Cote de Beaune.

The essence of Burgundy comes down to the place where the vines are grown. The more definitive you can be (e.g. a single vineyard like Grand Cru or Premier Cru) then the higher the price you'll pay. A village wine, which will most likely be a blend of vineyards from within the village won't be as expensive as its origins are a little broader.

To the north, Chablis is an outpost. Lying closer to Champagne than the Cote d'Or, its marine fossil laden soils (Kimmeridgian clay) make scintillating renditions of chardonnay which age beautifully.
To the south the Cote Chalonnais, Maconnais and Beaujolais make wines that are easier on the pocket. There's some great value to be had here. A few different grapes are added to the mix including Gamay and Aligoté (as well as pinot noir and chardonnay).

Red or White?
Both.

Grapes
White: Chardonnay, Aligote
Red: Pinot Noir, Gamay

Styles
The purity of chardonnay is on full display in a bottle of Chablis. Chiselled and tightly wound this is a crisp and salivating white. White Burgundy tends towards a riper heart but with spicy oak support.

Favourite Producers
Gerard Raphet, Jean-Marc Pillot, Armand Rousseau, Domaine Romanee Conti, Benjamin Leroux, Domaine Bellene, JF Mugnier, Buisson Battault, Domaine Roulot, Arnaud Ente, Francois Carillon, Francois Raveneau, Christophe Chablis, Chantemerle Chablis,

 

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  1. Roche de Bellene Bellenos Rouge 2018
    Roche de Bellene Bellenos Rouge 2018
    The Bellenos Cuvée Rouge is primarily from the Beaujolais area in the south of Burgundy, where fruity, mineral-inflected Gamay Noir is grown on granite soils. It is blended with finely structured Pinot Noir from the Côte d’Or in northern Burgundy. The result is a fresh, fruit-forward “Vin de Plaisir” — a deliciously expressive wine for everyday enjoyment.
    Grape varieties: 80% Gamay Noir and 20% Pinot Noir
    2018
    Gamay, Pinot noir
    France
    358
  2. Domaine de L'Eveche Cote Chalonnaise Clos de l'Eveche 2020
    Domaine de L'Eveche Cote Chalonnaise Clos de l'Eveche 2020
    A small family run Domaine of just over 12 hectares, purchased by the Joussier family in 1985, with vines initially known to have been cultivated in the middle ages, situated in Saint Denis de Vaux, tucked away in the heart of the Cote Chalonnaise “value” area of  Burgundy.

    Clos de l'Eveche all sourced from a hillside site on clay and limestone soils with grapes destemmed and fermented in open tanks. There is large 1400 litre oak barrels use for ageing that mellow this wines out so beautifully.

    Lots of bright red fruits and a raspberry hit intermingled with soft peppercorn spice and a gentle earthy tug. It's generous and unfurls its up-front fruit slowly over your palate. Its such an inviting drink and there was plenty of ooh's and ah's from the tasting table. Soft minerally tannins give frame the fruit nicely and overall there is a lovely sense of ease about this wine that gives it so much immediate appeal. Its how much? Must be a mistake! Stellar value!
    2019
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
  3. Domaine Collotte Fixin Champstion 2016
    Domaine Collotte Fixin Champstion 2016
    Made from vines planted in the early 1980's this wine shows lovely aromatics and remarkable finesse for the appellation. Fixin, just to the north of Gevrey Chambertin, is renowned for producing sturdy, rich Pinots yet here we have a wine with much more finesse than one expects.

    The extra couple of years in bottle has done wonders for this wine and it's sitting in such a good spot. Underbrush and forest floor here sprinkled with currents, cranberry and baking spice alongside a peppery hit and savoury, wild herbs. Mellow and round but with plenty of bounce. There is a real joie-du-vie here that is hard to resist. A beautiful introduction to the wines of Fixin.
    2016
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
  4. Domaine Philippe Collotte Marsannay Les Grasses Tetes 2019
    Domaine Philippe Collotte Marsannay Les Grasses Tetes 2019
    From two parcels of old vines; one based on Crinoidal limestone (known in France as Calcaire à Entroques), the other Comblanchien.

    This wine is perfumed and pure with real depth, lovely minerality in an elegant and focused style. Are refined palate that is persistent and with nice drive but never comes off hard or pushy. Its velvety tannins mesh nicely with the small foresty-fruit mix carrying it to a long and satisfying finish. Seamless and classy this is all you could want from a wine like this and more.
    2019
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
  5. Domaine Joblot Givry Cellier Aux Moines 2019 1er
    Domaine Joblot Givry Cellier Aux Moines 2019 1er
    Here the wood is no longer subtle though neither is it invasive on the ripe and layered aromas of violet, plum, earth and discreet sauvage nuances. The middle weight flavors are not as concentrated but they're finer still thanks to the relatively fine-grained tannins supporting the markedly firm and youthfully austere finale. This is clearly built-to-age and will need at least a decade to fully resolve the structure. Worth checking out. Sweet spot, Outstanding. BURGHOUND
    2019
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
  6. Georges Glantenay Volnay VV 2018
    Georges Glantenay Volnay VV 2018
    Moderate wood sets off the liqueur-like aromas of plum, black raspberry, violet, lilac and a hint of Asian-style tea. There is excellent intensity to the dense and intense medium-bodied flavors that exude a refreshing salinity on the lingering finish. This too could use a bit more complexity, but the underlying material appears to be present for it to develop. "Outstanding, Top Value" BURGHOUND
    2018
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
  7. Jean-Luc & Eric Burguet Gevrey Chambertin Mes Favorites 2019
    Jean-Luc & Eric Burguet Gevrey Chambertin Mes Favorites 2019
    average approximately 75 years
    Opulent, ravishing, thoroughly delicious and seductive. NEAL MARTIN

    Moderate reduction masks the underlying fruit though wafts of wood toast are in evidence. There is a bit more volume to the caressing but concentrated medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a powerful and youthfully austere that isn't especially rustic. This is a very good Gevrey villages that will require at least some patience. "Outstanding" BURGHOUND
    2019
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
  8. Denis Bachelet Cote de Nuits Village 2018
    Denis Bachelet Cote de Nuits Village 2018
    The 2018 Côtes de Nuits Villages has a wonderful, very pure bouquet of perfumed raspberry, wild strawberry and pressed flower aromas that unfold with great precision. The palate is medium-bodied with a vibrant, very focused and elegant entry, just about perfect acidity, and plenty of poise on a finish worthy of a premier cru. Yep – that good. Go buy. NEAL MARTIN, www.vinousmedia.com

    A discreet application of wood sets off deeply pitched liqueur-like aromas of black cherry, plum and a whiff of the sauvage. As one would reasonably expect, there is better volume to the delicious middle weight flavors that culminate in a subtly stony and slightly warm finale. This too is really very good and worth considering. BURGHOUND
    2018
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
  9. Jean Marc Bouley Volnay Vieilles Vignes 2018
    Jean Marc Bouley Volnay Vieilles Vignes 2018
    Note: from 40+ year old vines situated by order of importance in Les Pluchots, Les Famines and La Gigotte. This too is slightly reduced but the underlying fruit is clearly ripe. The old vines are in evidence on the palate as the medium-bodied flavors possess very good concentration and focused power on the borderline robust and notably firmer finale. I very much like the mouthfeel though note that this is constructed to reward extended cellaring if desired. 89-91 Outstanding. BURGHOUND 

    By contrast with the Clos de la Cave, Bouley's 2018 Volnay Vieilles Vignes is richer and more muscular, delivering aromas of smoky plums, rich soil tones, licorice and cassis. Medium to full-bodied, layered and textural, it's fleshy and broadshouldered, with an enveloping attack but plenty of tannic structure, too. As I noted last year, this derives from vines that see all-day sun and little in the way of breeze, located below premier cru Carelles. 91+ WILLIAM KELLEY, wineadvocate.com
    2018
    Pinot noir
    France
    358
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