A Burgundy vineyard. Photo by Philip Larson. License: Creative Commons SA 2. Unlike Bordeaux blends, which use a significant amount of other grapes, the Burgundy wine is given purity and generalized by the use of only these two grapes for red and white wines: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, respectively. Quality standards are also kept high by arguably the most rigorous appellation system in the world, which includes over ways to label a wine! The result of this most stringent of labeling systems has led to Burgundy's establishment as one of the most qualitatively oriented areas in the world, but this has the side effect of confusing the consumer beyond belief. In fact, Burgundy's classification system is often considered the most complicated in the world. Qualitative standards have included keeping yields, and therefore overall production, very low. As a result, the expense of the wines is, in general, greater than that of any other wine region in the world. The white Burgundy is less expensive, but only a few exclusive producers in California approach it in price.
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This region, situated between Paris and Lyon, is renowned for producing some of the most exquisite, age-worthy and expensive white wines and red wines in the world. Perhaps more than any other wine region in the world, the characteristics of the land matter most here, and the wines are created to offer the purest possible expressions of the latter. As is true for most regions in France, winemaking in Burgundy can be traced back to the ancient Roman Empire. But it was really the monasteries established in the region in the Middle Ages that can be credited with the winemaking legacy Burgundy enjoys today. The Benedictine Order founded the Abbey of Cluny in and became the first big vineyard owner in the region. In , the Cistercian Order was founded. The Cistercian monks were responsible for the creation of the largest walled vineyard of Burgundy, Clos de Vougeot , in They were also the first to really study the characteristics of different vineyard plots, laying the foundation for the Burgundian concept of terroir. Production in Burgundy remained in the hands of the church until the French Revolution of , after which the vineyard properties were broken up and sold.
The name alone is enough to conjure up images of the finer things in life — good wine, good food, journeys through quaint villages surrounded by sprawling vineyards. So how did Asia end up falling head over heels for the region? Friends from Asia that I have been lucky to make over the years love the history of our region, and it is a pleasure to share it with them. Tasting is really important [for you] to be able to slowly build your palate on the different styles of each climat and vintage in order to find the wines you love best. We made it possible for customers to find in our collection wines fitting their budget. Domaine de Montille Behind Domaine de Montille is a saga about rising, falling and rising again.
It takes its name from the Burgundians , an East Germanic people who moved westwards beyond the Rhine during the late Roman period. Historically, the name Burgundy has denoted numerous political entities, including kingdoms and duchies spanning territory from the Mediterranean to the Low Countries. The first recorded inhabitants of the area that became Burgundy were Celts , who were eventually incorporated into the Roman Empire. During the 4th century, the Burgundians , a Germanic people, who may have originated in Bornholm on the Baltic Sea , settled in the western Alps. They founded the Kingdom of the Burgundians , which was conquered in the 6th century by another Germanic tribe, the Franks. Under Frankish dominion, the Kingdom of Burgundy continued for several centuries. Later, the region was divided between the Duchy of Burgundy to the west and the Free County of Burgundy to the east. Burgundy's modern existence is rooted in the dissolution of the Frankish Empire.