The complex, misunderstood region of Burgundy is home to the world's finest expressions of Pinot Noir. Native to the region, this grape is at it's most expressive on the gentle slopes of the Côte d'Or, or ("golden slope"). Here are some of the most expensive vineyards in the world, often less than a hectare in size having been parcelled up in tiny demarcations since the middle ages. Here are two wines: the Bourgogne Rouge from Lucien Muzard and sons, plus the beautiful 2015 vintage Clos de Jeu ("playground") from Domaine Collotte in Marsannay.
To the south, the granite hills of Beaujolais are seen as simpler, country bumpkin wines compared to the grandeur of Burgundy. But that's a little unfair, given the renewed focus of the current generation of growers and winemakers now taking the reins. The ten or so crus in particular, in the northern zone provide complex, ageworthy wines, as this Ch. Gaillard from the village of Morgon shows.
This wee pack is a starter for those just beginning the Burgundy & Beaujolais journey:
2018 Clos de Mez ‘Château Gaillard’ (gamay), Morgon, Beaujolais