If you are a lover of Pinot Noir, you may be surprised to learn that French red Burgundy is made up of 100% of this regal varietal. *Burgundy is a region within France that produces some of the world’s most ethereal tasting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. But how would we know by looking at a label that says, Cotes du Nuits, Gevrey Chambertin, Auxey Duresses, Pernand-Vergelesses, or Volnay and rarely says the words Pinot Noir anywhere on the label?
Light Bulb Moment
In France, in all but one major region – Alsace – the wines are named after the regions, towns, villages, and hamlets in which they are produced.
If you are interested in wine and just learning this fact, perhaps it is an epiphany, your viticultural “a-ha moment”, or simply a relief to know that all of those words you cannot pronounce are just simply….places. If these wines were made in New Hampshire, they could be called (and labeled) Nashua, Manchester, Rye, or Seabrook!
With our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sale, you can explore the wonders of what experts say is the greatest Pinot Noir in the world. In Burgundy – like anywhere really – there are tiers of quality levels for sure. Most can be figured out without a textbook simply by the escalation of price. The higher the price, the more specific the area the wine comes from. Yes, that should also mean a more profound tasting experience with the wine, but with the caveat that all wine is subjective to the taster. But it does give you a point of departure to try these wonderfully sublime wines that are always so wonderful with food. They are generally low in alcohol (compared to other wine regions) with ethereal flavors that come to you slowly. Burgundy is the essence of Pinot Noir.
Though they can pair with extremely complex dishes, there is hardly a better pairing for these wines than a simple roast chicken. They are like peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, or a burger and fries, which is to say, perfection. Red Burgundy is also a wonderful autumn wine served alongside the bounty of fresh roasted fall vegetables, roasted meats, or salmon.
We urge you to explore the wonders of this unique expression of Burgundian Pinot Noir. Oh (!) by the way, the other grape we are featuring – Chardonnay – Accounts for virtually all of the WHITE Burgundy of France. That’s right, the Pouilly Fuisse, Chablis, and Meursault that you’ve been enjoying for years is made from the Chardonnay grape!
We know the French Burgundy sections in our Outlets will be well-shopped during this sale, so, get yours while supplies last!
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