Burgundy, Rioja

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.
Rioja is located in the south of the Cantabrian Mountains along the Ebro river in the north of Spain. The region also has a river called Rio Oja, which is where the region likely gained its name. There are three main regions in Rioja, with each of them producing quite unique expressions of Rioja wines.

To the west is Rioja Alta, in the higher elevated area. This sub-region is renowned for its old-world wines that are often lighter on the palate due to the higher altitude. The wines coming out of Rioja Alavesa on the other hand are fuller bodies, with higher acid levels than those from Rioja Alta. The third area, Rioja Baja is the warmest and driest of all, and can in summer months can be exposed to very high temperatures drought so irrigation is now permitted in the region.

The reds (tinto) wines of Rioja are generally blends of Tempranillo and Garnacha with lesser amounts of Graciano and Mazuelo. Amongst the white (bianco) varieties, Viura is the most common though normally blended with Malvasia or Garnacha Blanc. Plenty of interesting Rosé wines are produced, most commonly from the Garnacha variety. Note that wineries in Spain are commonly referred to as bodegas.
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  1. Alegro Rioja Tinto Tempranillo 2020
    A fun, fruity wine, perfect to enjoy every day with a snack or any Mediterranean dishes, like rice, vegetable or pasta. This wine is representative of the virtues of the Tempranillo variety: intense floral aromas, very fresh red and dark ... Learn More
  2. 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
  3. Alegro Rioja Crianza 2018
    A representative wine of the new Rioja style, interpreted from modernity. Elegant, balanced and reliable on any occasion, with classic aromas of red fruit and vanilla and subtle hints of liquorice and toffee. Versatile with all kinds of Mediterranean dishes ( ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  4. 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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  5. 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
  6. Bodegas Exopto Rioja Bozeto de Exopto 2019
    A creamy, full-bodied red with plum and berry character. Nice purity of fruit to this. Its full-bodied and layered with polish and beauty. Lovely tannins here. - James Suckling Exopto is Latin for to long for or to desire greatly ... Learn More
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  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Alegro Rioja Reserva 2015
    A clear example of the elegance and silkiness of Rioja Reservas but with a more modern profile. With the complexity of long ageing in the barrel and bottle, and the delicateness of the Tempranillo. A wine with intense aromas of ... Learn More
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Alegro Rioja Gran Reserva 2012
    A clear example of the elegance and silkiness of Rioja Reservas but with a more modern profile. With the complexity of long ageing in the barrel and bottle, and the delicateness of the Tempranillo. This Gran Reserva spends an incredible 24 ... Learn More
  17. La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Alberdi’ 2016
    100% Tempranillo sourced from an estate-owned vineyard in Rioja. Expansive nose, with dominating ripe red fruit, currants and liquorice, rounded off with sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, jam and spices. The wine is particularly well-balanced, with a smooth, elegant entry, medium ... Learn More
  18. 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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    Allan Meadows
  19. 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
  20. Valenciso Reserva Rioja 2012
    It's naturally fermented, vinified in concrete vats and aged in low toast French and Russian oak for just 12 months. Forest fruits on the nose with some cherry aromas. There are also some earthy notes and hints of liquorice. Has liquorice, ... Learn More
  21. La Rioja Alta Rioja Reserva ‘Vina Alberdi’ 2012
    100% Tempranillo sourced from an estate-owned vineyard in Rioja. ... Learn More
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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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  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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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    Robert Parker
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. Online Tasting Pack - Alegro Wines Rioja Tasting Thursday 11th November 6:30pm aest

    It's Spain's most famous red wine and yet, we know so little about it over here in Australia! Join us for this special tasting with Alegro wines as we taste and talk through three different classification levels of Rioja ... Learn More

  31. 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
  32. La Rioja Alta Vina Arana Gran Reserva 2014
    “Quite simply, these are some of the finest Riojas that can grace your cellar: complex, refined, classic but without compromising fruit intensity and to reiterate: wines that speak about where they come from.” Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate Dark-cherry red ... Learn More
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  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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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    Jasper Morris MW
  36. 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
  37. 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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  38. 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
  39. 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
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