By country :: France :: Burgundy
As a child, my parents drank Bordeaux wines, so it wasn’t until my later life that I discovered the true wonders of Burgundy. Now however, like many wine fanatics, I believe Burgundy to be the true epitome of quality winemaking, as it revolves around the terroir and the craftsmanship of the winemakers themselves.
One of the most notable differences regarding the region compared to other well-known wine-making areas is that, when dealing with Burgundy producers, you contact the producer directly. In the case of other regions, including Bordeaux, your requests are more commonly forwarded to a sales manager or other representative.
In my opinion, that typifies just how personal the Burgundy wine-making process is, despite global commercial success, vineyards are still run and owned by passionate local farmers rather than large co-operatives.
The obvious problem with Burgundy wines is that, as a result of major worldwide demand brought about by their often unparalleled quality, it is very hard to secure good allocations from top producers. To underline the demand, despite the global recession, this year, exports from Burgundy have risen by 13%! It is my view
however, that although they are often inaccessible and relatively expensive, Burgundy wines deliver excellent quality as well as great value for money.
Burgundy is home to numerous young, quality minded producers who, in an effort to raise the quality bar in the region, are pushing for higher restrictions and higher quality requirements to qualify for the Appellation. This will undoubtedly lead to wines becoming more expensive, but importantly it will protect the true essence of
Burgundy wines that has ensured their position at the forefront of global wine production for over a century.