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For wine lovers across the world, wines from the Burgundy region, or “Burgundies” as they are more often called, are lauded for being both delicious as well as particularly pricy. Whether you decide to order wine online or drop by your local shop, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy a delicious Burgundy without breaking the bank. Learn a bit more about what makes a Burgundy so special and how to find both delicious and affordable options with these tips from the experts at Rollers Wine & Spirits below!


Burgundy Wine 101

As you might expect, Burgundy wine originates from the Burgundy region in eastern France, nestled in the valleys west of the Saône, a tributary of the Rhône River. The beating heart of Burgundy’s wine region is the Côte d’Or which is divided into two distinct parts- the Côte de Nuit known mainly for Pinot Noir and the Côte de Beaune famous for both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.


The Grapes of Burgundy

The most famous wines coming from the Burgundy region are delicious dry red wines produced from pinot noir grapes as well as white wines that are made from Chardonnay grapes. It’s also important to note that wines labeled as Grand or Premier Cru can only be made with these grapes- for example, the region of Chablis is devoted to producing delicious Chardonnays. Other parts of Burgundy employ production using other types of grapes such as Gamay and Aligoté for reds and whites respectively. There are also small amounts of rosé and sparkling wines produced throughout the region as well. 


What Makes Burgundies So Special

One of the reasons that Burgundy wines are so special is that the region is often seen as more conscious of environmental factors, or terroir, than all of the other French wine regions. Burgundy also has a higher number of Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée (AOCs) than any other French region, and vineyards are carefully classified based on the specific geography of the area. This method of classifying different wine-producing areas based on geography dates back to medieval times, with the historical involvement of monasteries playing a role in the wine industry development. The wine region of Burgundy is so unique that the region has even been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. 


Delicious Yet Affordable

If you’re looking for an impressive yet affordable bottle of wine, check out the Joseph Drouhin Cote De Beaune Rouge. This delicious bottle of red is from the Côte De Beaune subregion of Burgundy. This wine has a gorgeous purple color with delicate and fruity aromas with hints of strawberry and red currant. 


For some options that are a little bit more accessible in terms of pricing, check out some vintages from the Beaujolais subregion of Burgundy. You can grab some delicious reds as well as roses that will impress friends and family and dazzle your tastebuds, all for under $30. 


If you’re looking to splurge a little bit and pick up a delicious Burgundy for a special occasion, try out a bottle of Albert Bichot Volnay Premier Cru Les Santenots. The delicious red is delicate with smoky and spicy notes with hints of oak and cherry. 


Whether you’re looking to order wine online or checking out what’s available in your local shop, don’t be intimidated away from a delicious Burgundy! For more amazing options, check out all we have available at Rollers Wine & Spirits. With over 50 years of expertise in the beverage business, we have an amazing selection of vintages with something perfect for everyone!