Is it a wine? A region in France? Both?

Well done if you said both. Burgundy is a region in France that produces wines that are considered to be the best in the world. That is also why they are some of the most expensive in the world. 

There are two types of Burgundy – red and white. Red Burgundy is madeusing 100% Pinot Noir grapes and white Burgundy is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. Could it be any simpler than that? So now we know what the wine is made from, let’s talk about where it comes from.

Burgundy is widely regarded as the region which has the best land in the world for producing pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. More than any other wine region, Burgundy is heavily influenced by its terroir (sense of place). The quality of the land is so important to the final product that inside the Burgundy region, vineyards are classified by four levels:

1. Grand Cru The Best, top 2%
2. Premier Cru Nearly the best, top 12%
3. Village wines
Burgundies produced from several vineyards in the 1 village of the Burgundy region. 36%
4. Regional Wines
Burgundies produced from a combination of vineyards and from a variety of villages. 50%

That all sounds pretty simple doesn’t it?

That’s the end of the simplicity. When it comes to classifying French wine, especially Burgundy, it can get very complicated. Here at Michels, one of our favourite BurgundiesJoseph Drouhin Cote de Beaune 2012, has just made an entrance onto the wine list.  A lovely red Burgundy, aged in French oak with delicate, fruity aromas and a touch of spice. This wine is made from grapes sourced from premier cru vineyards in the sub region of Beaune, but is not classified as premier cru and cannot be confused with village wines.

So where does this wine sit?  At Michel’s, we say that it doesn’t really matter. Even at the regional level Burgundy wines are highly regarded because they are from one of the best wine regions in the world and are worth enjoying no matter where it sits within French classification. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can thank Burgundy for making them famous. Come into Michel’s and enjoy this wine paired with one of our new menu items:

Duo of Venison – Seared Venison Steak, Venison rosemary pie, celeriac gratin, juniper glazed pear, pancetta & white balsamic Brussels sprouts, mustard sauce.

New Wine List and Menu started this July.