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Wines from the Burgundy (Bourgogne) region in eastern France are renowned for their quality and are well respected by consumers and investors alike. Best known for exquisite red Pinot Noirs and white Chardonnays, Burgundy wines are also produced from the grape varietals Gamay (red) and Aligote (white). 
 
Burgundy is famed among French wine-producing regions for its regard for terroir, which takes into account the wines’ own unique characters that are created by elements out of human control such as climate and geography. In Burgundy the vineyards are rated, rather than chateaux, as in Bordeaux, and while this can seem confusing at first glance, it’s an effective measure of terroir. Wine connoisseurs and investors looking for the very best need only look to a Grand Cru from a high-ranking Burgundy vineyard to be assured that they are making a fine wine choice.
 
Whites
 
Chardonnay is by far the most common of the white varietals grown in the Burgundy region, with classic Chablis and Cote d’Or whites being produced exclusively from the Bourgogne’s Chardonnay grapes. These wines tend to be rich and earthy, with buttery undertones, while Chardonnays from other regions can be much crisper and lighter in tone. Aligote grapes are used in less-expensive white Burgundy wines, and the slightly more acidic Aligote wine is the one which is traditionally mixed with blackcurrant to make Kir. 
 
Reds
 
The Cote d’Or vineyards in Burgundy exclusively produce the Pinot Noir varietal, renowned for its aromatic fruity flavour, while those in Beaujolais in the south of the region grow the Gamay. Pinot Noirs, like all Burgundy wines, vary considerably depending on vintage, as the weather conditions in the region are so variable, but a good Burgundy from a top producer is hard to beat, regardless of vintage.
 
Sparkling and Rose Wines
 
While the Burgundy region is most highly regarded for its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, a few sparkling and rose wines are also produced here, although these don’t carry the esteem of the classic reds and whites.
 
At Richard Dawes Fine Wine we supply a vast range of Burgundy wines and fine wine from a variety of producers and vintages. Take a look around the site to see what’s available and how to purchase them, whether as a consumer or investorfine wine