Burgundy, Beaujolais

Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.

There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
Located just south of Burgundy, the French wine region of Beaujolais covers an impressive area of 22,000 hectares between Mâcon and Lyon. Although this wine region was famous for being associated with dull, diluted wine in the past, its reputation has since only improved, proving their worth to wine lovers all over the world with their endless variety of wines, ranging from fresh and light to refined and lush wines. 98 percent of the vineyards here are made up of the famous Gamay grapes, with the exception of a small amount of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which are used to make white wines. Gamay grapes are known to make luscious red wines that have a light to medium body, moderate tannin, relatively low acidity and contain aromas of berries such as raspberry, tart cherry and cranberry. The region of Beaujolais is home to ten named village Crus: St Amour, Juliénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Chénas, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié (a Cru since 1988), Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly. When compared to most other Beaujolais wines, the Crus of this region are more concentrated and have much more character and can be kept for up to ten years.

Beaujolais is blessed with a temperate climate and shares its summer weather with the Mediterranean Sea due to its close proximity, but the location is also interior enough to experience cold dry weather from the Northeast. The soil of Beaujolais is an important component in defining the different styles of wines in the region. Towards the south of the town of Villefrance, the soil is made up of sandstone or clay and limestone. In the north, the soils are comprised of granite or crystalline rock on the upper slopes, and in the lower slopes they are made up of stone and clay soils.
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  1. Veuve Ambal Vin Mousseaux Blanc De Blanc Nv
    Maison Veuve Ambal was founded in the heart of Burgundy in 1898 by Veuve Marie Ambal, widow of a Parisian banker. The wines immediately gained recognition, and her grandson Charles Roux Ambal, followed by his grandson and current President Eric Piffaut, ... Learn More
  2. Roche De Bellene 'Bellenos' Blanc 2018
    Nicholas Potel is a fabulous negociant winemaker that has made a name for producing Quality Burgundy at reasonable prices. Maison Roche de Bellene has created a range of “pleasure” wines: the Bellenos Collection. Due to their brand name, the wines ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  3. Roche De Bellene 'Bellenos' Rouge 2018
    Nicholas Potel is a fabulous negociant winemaker that has made a name for producing Quality Burgundy at reasonable prices. Maison Roche de Bellene has created a range of “pleasure” wines: the Bellenos Collection. Due to their brand name, the wines ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  4. Chateau De Lachassagne Clos Du Chateau Monopole Bourgogne Chardonnay 2020
    Château de Lachassagne is an exceptional place, located in the very south of Burgundy, with a unique view over the Saône Valley. It is a 62 hectares propriety, totally surrounded by small walls called ’"Clos". A bright, elegant expression ... Learn More
  5. Chateau De Lachassagne Clos Du Chateau Monopole Bourgogne  Pinot Noir 2020
    Château de Lachassagne is an exceptional place, located in the very south of Burgundy, with a unique view over the Saône Valley. It is a 62 hectares propriety, totally surrounded by small walls called ’"Clos". A clean, pure expression ... Learn More
  6. William Fevre Petit Chablis 2019
    The vineyard was able to replenish its water reserves thanks to a particularly wet, warm January. The vegetative cycle was delayed by a few days, however. February brought much cooler weather, and March, more rain. Budburst happened in the middle ... Learn More
  7. Louis Michel Petit Chablis 2019
    "Our Chablis vineyards, located primarily in the lush Valvan valley, are on average 25 years old. Wine produced from these 8 parcels, blended and matured in the true Chablis tradition, reveal all the facets of this rich ground." Louis Michel & Fils It ... Learn More
  8. Chateau De Lachassagne Clos Du Chateau Crémant de Bourgogne NV
    Château de Lachassagne is an exceptional place, located in the very south of Burgundy, with a unique view over the Saône Valley. It is a 62 hectares propriety, totally surrounded by small walls called ’"Clos". Manual harvest, pneumatic pressing, ... Learn More
  9. Alex Foillard Beaujolais-Villages 2019
    Anytime you hear the words “Foillard” and “Beaujolais” in the same sentence—or read them on the same label—you can expect to be in for a treat. That holds true when the Foillard in question is not Jean but ... Learn More
  10. Domaine Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Rouge La Taupe 2019
    Chavy-Chouet's Pinot Noir is classified as humble Bourgogne Rouge, yet its fruit comes from an excellent single-vineyard site near Pommard. Great value. This well-structured wine with rounded, sophisticated tannins gives instant pleasure but can be kept for up to a ... Learn More
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    Jasper Morris MW
  11. Domaine Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Blanc 'Les Saussots' 2020
    An amazing bargain Les Saussots is a rounded, expressive wine of exceptional flavour and class. ... Learn More
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    Jasper Morris MW
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    Neil Martin
  12. Domaine Chavy Chouet Bourgogne Blanc 'Les Femelottes' 2020
    Sourced from vines with an average age of 40 years. Matured for 10 months in 10% new French oak. Aroma; immediately pretty and classically white burgundy- red apple, white flowers, nectarine and citrus. Palate; Again very classically white Burgundy- elegantly mineral with some ... Learn More
  13. Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Bourgogne Rouge 2019
    Brothers David and Nicolas Rossignol run this 100% Organic and Biodynamically farmed Domaine located in the very heart of Gevrey Chambertin. Very early to the Sustainable farming movement, all the family's vineyards, located in some of the most impressive vineyards in ... Learn More
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    Vinous
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    Allan Meadows
  14. Christian Moreau Chablis Ac 2019
    40+ years old vines. Aged 100% in stainless steel. Comes mostly from very old vines situated in Les Pargues on the hill located between the premier cru sites of Montee de Tonnerre and Vaillons. This terroir has historically always been very highly ... Learn More
  15. Alex Foillard Brouilly 2019
    Alex Foillard’s Brouilly comes from the aptly named 'La Folie' (Madness), a steep vineyard just above Reverdon. Bright raspberry and cherry and a floral nose, subtle spice and wonderfully chewy tannins. True to Brouilly style, it's an elegant, easy-to-like ... Learn More
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    Josh Raynolds
  16. Domaine Mee Godard Morgon "Corcelette" 2018
    “18 was abundant, so there’s work to be done now as I hadn’t much to sell from the 16 and 17 vintages – so now heading to salons after having done none in the last two years! 2018 was a year without hail, ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson MW
  17. Domaine Jean Dauvissat Pere & Fils 1er Cru Fourchaumes 2017
    ‘Fourchaume’ is one of the most reputed Premier Crus of Chablis. The slope is a progression of the same one on which the Grand Crus are based. It benefits from the same exposure (to the South-West), which allows it to ... Learn More
  18. Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Savigny-Les-Beaune 2019
    Brothers David and Nicolas Rossignol run this 100% Organic and Biodynamically farmed Domaine located in the very heart of Gevrey Chambertin. Very early to the Sustainable farming movement, all the family's vineyards, located in some of the most impressive vineyards in ... Learn More
  19. Domaine Af Gros Moulin A Vent 2019
    A unique wine, and not a typcal Beaujolais. This Gamay sourced from the region it treated in much the same way as a Burgundian Pinot Noir. With zero carbonic maceration and French oak treatment, this is a true sensory delight. ... Learn More
  20. Thierry Glantenay Bourgogne Rouge 2019
    "The disarmingly modest Thierry Glantenay is emerging as one of the Côte de Beaune's most exciting producers of red wine." -William Kelley, The Wine Advocate Perhaps the Glantenays are not well known because not much was bottled and sold ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
  21. Domaine Henri Richard Cremant De Bourgogne Nv
    Domaine Henri Richard is located in Gevrey on the D974 a little south of Domaine Trapet. It is a fourth generation family estate owned by Margeret and Jean Bastien and their children Sarah and Richard – with Sarah Bastien and Guillaume ... Learn More
  22. Domaine Mee Godard Moulin A Vent "Au Michelon" 2018
    “18 was abundant, so there’s work to be done now as I hadn’t much to sell from the 16 and 17 vintages – so now heading to salons after having done none in the last two years! 2018 was a year without hail, ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson MW
  23. Billaud-Simon 1er Cru Chablis 'Les Vaillons' 2018
    A fresh, aromatic nose with notes of white flowers, ripe lemon, apple and subtle stone-fruit. The palate displays a delicate, mineral acidity, roundness and complexity. A well-regarded, south-east facing premier cru that receives plenty of sunshine and contains a large ... Learn More
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    Jancis Robinson MW
  24. Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru 'Montee De Tonnerre' 2018
    An exceptional quality 1er Cru Chablis from an extraordinary producer and site, this is quickly becoming one of the best value Burgundies imported into Australia each year. After airing, this wine presents a perfect balance between fresh minerality and very ... Learn More
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    John Gilman
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    Vinous
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    Robert Parker
  25. Rougeot-Dupin Maranges 1er Cru 'Clos Roussots' 2018
    Domaine Rougeot has a long history of making superb white wines out of the famed village of Meursault. The Rougeot-Dupin label is a venture that started in 1990 in order to diversify the family range. The wines are made from purchased ... Learn More
  26. Domaine Rouget Saint Romain 'La Combe Bazin' 2018
    La Combe Bazin was planted in the 1920s and is the oldest vineyard at the domaine. The wines produced from this site are rich, layered, and could be considered the “sleeper” hit wine from Rougeot. The Domaine Rougeot is a ... Learn More
  27. Eric de Suremain Rully Blanc 1er cru Monopole “Meix Caillet” 2018
    Rully blanc is one of the secrets in Burgundy. It produces wines that can surprise with their complexity and verve. This year again we have a super nose full of freshness and tension. In 2018 again this has real citric freshness ... Learn More
  28. Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Aligoté Clos des Perrières la Combe 2018
    This south-facing walled vineyard is situated in the combe of Nuits-St Georges and was previously known as Clos de la Roche. The Aligoté Doré vines were planted in 1978 and undergo a week-long skin maceration before pressing and fermentation in old ... Learn More
  29. Thibault Liger-Belair Bourgogne Chardonnay Les Charmes 2018
    This cuvee comes from a blend between some wine from 60 % Maconnais in the area of Lugny and 40% Montagny in the cote Chalonnaise. This two soils give each one something different: The wines from Lugny with the limestone give some freshness ... Learn More
  30. Domaine Rossignol-Trapet Gevrey-Chambertin 'Vieilles Vignes' 2019
    This is one of the most complete Gevrey village wines you will find: multiple parcels scattered around the village, they vinify them in three parts. One part comes from the light stony soil at the bottom of the valley, giving ... Learn More
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    Allen Meadows
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    Vinous
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    Jasper Morris MW
  31. Eric de Suremain Rully Blanc 1er cru “Pillot L'Intemporelle” 2018
    This is from a very small parcel underneath Meix Caillet. This year it again shows as Chablis-esque with sea spray, iodine, and white flowers framing the aromas along with very gentle (and classy) reduction. The wine is very racy and ... Learn More
  32. Eric de Suremain Monthelie Rouge 1er Cru ‘Clou des Chênes’ 2018
    This is always the demure wine of the group; shy and subtle. A beautiful ruby/garnet colour, very lifted and bright. Very fine aromas, delicate - red fruit, strawberries, jellied cherries. Very fine, very attractive. This has considerable finesse and ... Learn More
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    The Wine Advocate
  33. Domaine Rossignol-Trapet  Beaune 1er Cru Teurons 2019
    What gloriously delicious fruit here, very lifted raspberry with a very subtle structure, so opened and pretty for Beaune. Quite persistent on the finish, this is a lovely example of how good Beaune can be, especially when it comes from ... Learn More
  34. Domaine Henri Richard Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Tuileries" 2016
    Domaine Henri Richard is located in Gevrey on the D974 a little south of Domaine Trapet. It is a fourth generation family estate owned by Margeret and Jean Bastien and their children Sarah and Richard – with Sarah Bastien and Guillaume ... Learn More
  35. Christophe Et Fils Chablis 'Les Preuses' Grand Cru 2020
    The wines of Sébastien Christophe come with the same energy and drive that characterise the man that makes them. With amazing mineral intensity, Chablis Grand Cru Preuses displays the Chablis style at its purest; very elegant and sophisticated yet ... Learn More
  36. Domaine Chavy Chouet Volnay Sous La Chapelle 2020
    The young vines of this plot make it a purplish coloured wine, with a very intense fruity nose from the first nose. It is undoubtedly a Volnay with character, full in the mouth and always carried on the fruit felt ... Learn More
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    Jasper Morris MW
  37. Domaine Chavy Chouet Meursault Les Casse Tetes 2020
    A "casse tête" in French is a conundrum or puzzle and the name of this plot refers to the hardness of the soil and the challenge it was for our ancestors to plant vines on this pebbly limestone ground. ... Learn More
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    Jasper Morris MW
  38. Domaine Chavy Chouet Meursault Les Narvaux 2020
    Rich and concentrated on the palate, with layer upon layer of flavour, this is an extraordinary wine from vines running alongside Coche-Dury. ... Learn More
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    Jasper Morris MW
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    Neil Martin
  39. Domaine Chavy Chouet Meursault Clos Des Corvees 2020
    Sourced from vines with an average age of 65 years old. Matured for 10 months in 40% new French oak. Higher percentage of new oak maturation evident on the nose. More ripeness from fruit to match this however. More nutty and creamy but ... Learn More
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    Jasper Morris MW
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    Neal Martin
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