Burgundy, France, is a remarkably interesting place due, in part, to the incredible variations in the region’s wine. You can find bottles of wine from $10 a bottle all the way to $1,200 or more. Despite the pricing differences, wines from Burgundy are incredibly simple. In this video, Jack Farrell shares a brief overview of Burgundy wines.
Just a Couple of Grapes
All of the white wines in Burgundy are made from about 97% Chardonnay grapes, and all of the red wines are made with 100% Pinot Noir grapes — simple as that. What makes the grapes taste so different from wine to wine are the vast variations in soil and micro climate.
Burgundy’s Soft Shoulders
While the shape of the bottle does not affect the taste of the wine, all Burgundy bottles generally have soft shoulders. It is thought that the shape was an easier design for glassmakers back in the day — now the bottle is synonymous with Burgundy wines, making them easy to spot when you’re at the store.
So, the next time you buy your favorite bottle of red or white from the Burgundy region, you’ll know that complex flavor originated from only one of two grapes. That’s pretty fascinating, we think.