The French wine region of Burgundy may be small in size but its influence is huge in the world of vino. Located in the east-central part of France, Burgundy has five primary wine growing areas (not including Beaujolais and Châtillonnais): Chablis, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais.

Chablis is the growing region located furthest north and is geographically set apart from the rest of Burgundy. The river Serein flows through the area, moderating the climate, and the grapes have been grown here since the Cistercian monks first started the vineyards in the 12th century. All the wines are white and made with Chardonnay grapes.

Côte de Beaune – named after the medieval village that is the heart of wine commerce in Burgundy, the wine from this region is quite different from that of its neighbor to the north. Here, the valleys are open and rolling, the vineyards have more of a southeasterly exposure, and Chardonnay plays a more important role with 7 of the 8 Grand Cru vineyards producing white wine – Corton, Corton Charlemagne and Montrachet being some of the well known names. 

Côte Chalonnaise is situated between the towns of Chagny and Saint-Vallerin. The villages of Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny lay atop wonderful soils; layers of Jurassic limestone and marl with topsoils of eroded pebbles and clay. In fact, the area around Givry, in the middle of the Chalonnaise, has over 13 types of soil. These different plots give the wines individual character and the winemakers here really know their soils, with some having held the vineyard lands since the 17th century. The wines from this area are good value. They range from smooth Chardonnays with subtle oak influences and ripe tree fruits to more rustic Pinot Noirs, filled with dried strawberry, cherry, earth and forest influences, and even suede-like tannins.

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La Chablisienne Vaillons Chablis 1er Cru 2016
VINTAGES#: 11900  SHOP »»

"Fresher again on the nose with bright grapefruit, nectarines and lightly grilled hazelnuts. The palate's smooth, fleshy and even, showing really succulent and open-knitted peaches. Majestic and concentrated. Drink now or hold. Score: 92." - James Suckling,, Aug 31, 2018.

Nuiton-Beaunoy Beaune 2017 (Pinot Noir)
VINTAGES#: 447573  SHOP »»

"This is a pale, evolving Beaune with a very typical nose of strawberry/red cherry nicely integrated with wood spice and forest floor notes. It is medium weight, fairly rounded and generous with some alcohol warmth and tannin, but all nicely juxtaposed. There is a sense of volume and power yet discretion at the same time. The length is excellent. Very typical Beaune which always expresses as one of the softest Côte-d'Or Burgundies. Tasted Feb 2020. Score: 91." - David Lawrason,

Cave des Vignerons de Buxy Buissonnier Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017
VINTAGES#: 11901  SHOP »»

"This is an appealing regional Burgundy from the co-operative Cave des Vignerons de Buxy in the Côte Chalonnaise, and the grapes are largely sourced from that region. Just mid-depth garnet red, the core of red cherry and raspberry fruit shows some of the ripeness of the warm vintage, while a characteristic herbal-savoury undertone adds a layer of interest. Acidity is bright, tannins are fine-grained, but have a definite grip, and there's a gentle oak spice note that gathers underneath. A nicely crafted basic Burgundy that provides great value. Tasted Feb 21, 2020. Score: 89." - Tim Appelt,
If you would like to brush up on your knowledge of Bourgogne, be sure to consult this simple guide which includes maps, infographics, and the most important facts on the five major sub-regions of Burgundy. 
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Just as wine comes in different varietals, oysters feature different species. While wine is greatly influenced by terroir (the natural environment it is produced in), oysters are influenced by merroir (the local conditions in which seafood is raised). Although there are numerous wines that match well with certain types of oysters, only Chablis has the ability to pair well with all of them.
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