Burgundy Wine Tasting London June 2014

11 Jun, 2014

Yesterday we attended a Burgundy Wines Masterclass by Discover the Origin and hosted by Jane Parkinson.  

Discover the Origin is an established campaign designed to raise  awareness about the following:

  • Bourgogne Wines
  • Parma Ham
  • Douro Wines
  • Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese

This is a pretty interesting mix and we were fortunate to experience a very special didactic wine tasting of some of Burgundy’s leading wines. 

What you need to know about Burgundy

Bourgogne Vineyards stretch from Chablis in the North to Macon in the South and cover Chablis, the Grand Auxerrois and the Chatillonnais, Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, Cote Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais. 

The region has over 27,900 hectares classified Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée. They consist 3% of the totoal area of French wineries.

There are over 3,800 Wine Domaines in Burgundy, 1,300 of these are bottling wine, 250 negociants and 23 Caves Co-operatives. 

For more information about Burgundy, its climate and terroir, see our Regional Travel Guide.

The Speaker: Jane Parkinson

Jane Parkinson is part of The Wine Gang, one of the most respected and recognised wine authorities in the UK. 

The Tasting: 

Crémant de Bourgogne, Terroir de Chazot, Blanc de Noirs, Maison Louis Picamelot 

4 White Wines:

Saint-Véran, La Cote Rôtie, 2011 Domaine de Deux Roches 

Chablis 1er Cru, Montée de Tonnerre, 2011, La Chablisienne

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru, La Garenne, 2011, Maison Michel Picard, Corton Charlemagne, Domaine Rapet Pere & Fils

Here we noticed that despite being young, the wines are well balanced, portraying the expected undertones of lamb fat, rich mushroom and limestone. Most of these producers are practicing biodynamism – although not certified yet.  

4 Red Wines:

Givry, Les Dracys, 2012, Domaine Michel Sarrazin & Fils

Volnay 1er Cru, Clos de Chênes, 2012, Domaine René Monnier

Nuits Saint-Georges, Les Lavieres, 2011, Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils

Clos de le Roche, 2011, Maison Boisset

When it came to the red wines, we almost felt guilty for drinking them so young. They were so delightful nonetheless. The Volnay was feminine and light, whilst the Givry was rich in violets, red cherry and one of the most affordable and best value for money Pinot Noirs we have come across (15EUR).

Clos de la Roche was naturally the favourite. With solely 900 bottles being produced in this vintage, at 75EUR per bottle, it’s a great wine to add to your collection and drink in a few years. 

For more information on Burgundy, contact us on Also, please see out Burgundy Hotels Collection as well as Wine & Food Tours in the Region. 

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