This Bourgogne Rouge is the starting point for your journey into Burgundy. It is lean, clean, red berry and roses. Some dry, stoniness. Very expressive and very drinkable. More than able to last for a few years in a good cellar it’s strength is in younger drinking though. Pair it with abondance cheese.
Faiveley are a large business in Burgundy who own large parcels all over the Cotes. This includes 70ha in Mercurey – a mostly overlooked region South of the Cote d’Or. From entry level to Grand Cru there is amazing care and attention. Their monopole wines are worth seeking out.
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.