Burgundy thought of as one of the world’s most sought-after, expensive, and exquisite wines. White Burgundy is virtually synonymous with Chardonnay and Red Burgundy is practically synonymous with Pinot Noir (other varieties include Aligoté, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Gamay). There are four classifications within Burgundy: regional, village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru. Regional wines are generally blends of various lots of wine made from grapes of the same variety grown anywhere in the entire region of Burgundy labeled Bourgogne Rouge and Blanc. Village wine, named after the village where the wine is made entirely from grapes grown in that village. Such as Volnay, Gevrey-Chambertin, Pommard, Meursault, Nuits St. Georges, Chambolle-Musigny, etc. Premier Cru or “first growth” vineyards will appear on the label after the village, for example, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru “Les Chabiots.” The highest classification a Burgundian vineyard can hold is Grand Cru or “Great Growth.” These vineyards are so famous that their names alone appear on the labels, for example, La Tâche, Le Montrachet, Le Chambertin.

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