The Mysteries of Burgundy

From Chablis to the Côte d'Or to Beaujolais, Finding the Best Wines of this Fabled Region is Always a Challenge

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Domaine de la Pousse d'Or
(Volnay, Santenay; refined, very pure, detailed, expensive)
Domaine Michel Prunier
(Auxey-Duresses, Volnay; concentrated, intense, great buy)
Domaine Daniel Rion
(Nuits-St.-Georges, Vosne-Romanée; concentrated, mouth-filling, expensive)
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti
(Vosne-Romanée; Burgundy's most famous and most expensive red wines; memorably great)
Domaine Joseph Roty
(Gevrey-Chambertin; very fine, expensive, hard to locate)
Domaine Georges Roumier
(Chambolle-Musigny; superb, silky, defined, concentrated, very great)
Domaine Armand Rousseau
(Gevrey-Chambertin; an old standard-bearer returned to top form, expensive)
Domaine Tollot-Beaut & Fils
(Corton, Beaune; lovely, oaky wines, concentrated)
Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé
(Musigny, Bonnes Mares; big owner, wines on the comeback; expensive)
Domaine Amiot-Bonfils
(Chassagne-Montrachet; beautiful definition and concentration, good buys)
Domaine Robert Ampeau
(Meursault; unusually rich, intense, long-lived)
Domaine Bonneau du Martray
(Corton-Charlemagne; famous vineyard, rich, long-lived, great)
Domaine J.-F. Coche-Dury
(Meursault; concentrated, austere, very expensive and hard to locate)
Domaine Michel Colin-Deleger
(Chassagne-Montrachet; detailed, austere style, long-lived)
Domaine Albert Grivault
(Meursault; famous for Clos des Perrierès vineyard)
Domaine Patrick Javillier
(Meursault; a young, rising star)
Domaine François Jobard
(Meursault; among the greatest,unusually long-lived)
Domaine des Comtes Lafon
(Meursault; intense, rich, oaky, very expensive and hard to secure)
Domaine Leflaive
(Puligny-Montrachet; expensive, very fine and highly polished)
Domaine Leroy
(Corton-Charlemagne, Puligny-Montrachet, Auxey-Duresses; among the greatest, expensive)
Domaine du Duc de Magenta
(Chassagne-Montrachet, Auxey-Duresses; long-term contract with Louis Jadot, great quality)
Domaine Pierre Matrot/Joseph Matrot
(Meursault; austere, no apparent oak, very fine, good buy)
Domaine Michel Niellon
(Chassagne-Montrachet; one of the greatest, hard to find)
Domaine Paul Pernot
(Puligny-Montrachet; rich, intense, newly arrived in the United States)
Domaine Ramonet
(Chassagne-Montrachet; famous, very great, expensive and rare)
Domaine Guy Roulot
(Meursault; many vineyards, fine quality)
Domaine Étienne Sauzet
(Puligny-Montrachet; superb, austere, expensive, rare)
The Côte Chalonnaise is without question the most unappreciated, unexplored source of good red (Pinot Noir) and white (Chardonnay) Burgundies. For everyday drinking--or even better--look for wines from Bouzeron, Rully, Mercurey, Givry and Montagny.
Château de Chamirey
(Mercurey; intense, concentrated red Mercurey, also impressive white, distributed by Antonin Rodet)
(Mercurey; Côte d'Or shipper specializes in superb, concentrated red Mercurey)
Domaine Michel Goubard
(Bouzeron; lovely, delicate Pinot Noir sold as Bourgogne)
Domaine Joblot
(Givry; concen-trated, very oaky but good red Givry)
Domaine Michel Juillot
(Mercurey; rich, oaky red Mercurey, very fine)
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