Around Vosne-Romanée, a village in the Côte d’Or, what many believe is the world’s best red wine is made.
Burgundy stretches from Chablis and southeast to the mustard city of Dijon.
Further south is the Golden Lock, Côte d’Or, followed by Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, Maconnais and finally Beaujolais.
Documentation shows that the church established vineyards in Burgundy as early as 640 AD.
The soil in Burgundy has been thoroughly analyzed. Local meteorological variations are compared.
No one has the full answer as to why perhaps the world’s best red wine comes from a single small plot on a slope outside the village of Vosne-Romanée.
Two things are indisputable, the soil and the location seem to be optimal to get the most out of the pinot noir grapes.
Historical greats The founding of the monastery of Saint Vivant in the year 890 was the beginning of the wine adventure Vosne-Romanée.
The monks donated the best vineyards from nobles who hoped for a better life after death.
In 1760 the property was bought by the Prince of Conti. He kept the wines that were made here for his own consumption.
Jacques-Marie Duvault-Blochet bought the vineyard in 1869 and formed what would later become the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
Romanée-Conti is for many the ultimate wine. There are many who want to buy, even if the prices are astronomical.
There are in fact plenty of vingale rich people and wine cellars of the finer variety who will buy wine for over 1200 dollars a bottle.
The manufacturer often gets a much higher price, if the vintage is better than usual.
Demand for the great Burgundy wines exceeds production and pushes up prices.
Other famous Burgundians besides Romanée-Conti are Chambertin, Clos Vougeot, Corton and Pommard and many other Grand Cru wines.
The next class of grape plots, Premier Cru, is more numerous in the region and produces wines that are sold at more affordable prices.
Pinot noir The rest of us, with a wine budget adapted to a simpler and cheaper wine taste, get help from Vinmonopolet’s burgundy choice.
The news is in fact mostly represented by ordinary and affordable Burgundians. Unfortunately, no burgundy is cheap.
The large burgundies, from the Grand Cru vineyards in the north, are made exclusively from pinot noir, which gives the wines a rich fullness and a distinguished bouquet.
Pinot noir is the red wine grape that matches most dishes, from the lightest meat of poultry to the most exclusive fillets of game. About this the most wine scholars in the world seem to agree quite a bit.
Smaller amounts of white wine are grown from the chardonnay grape also in the central parts, not only in the Chablis area, which also belongs to Burgundy.
South of the old duchy, the red wines are made from the gamay grape.