Two grape varities, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, give a multiplicity of premium wines in Burgundy. In fact, limestone Burgundy soils give evidence of an ancient tropical sea as they are composed of rests of shellfish. This kind of soil proved to be ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, what constitues one of the secrets of Burgundy’s top quality wines.
However, depending on the terroir where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are grown, wines can be very different. From the elegance of Chambolle-Musigny to the power of Pommard; from the fruitiness of Pouilly-Fuissé to the aromatic complexity of Corton Charlemagne, the whole range of Burgundy wines is available at the Grands Chais on their regional, communal or Grand Cru version.
Burgundy’s quality and reputation is closely intertwined with France history. In fact, Cistercians monks established in the area in the Middle Ages in Burgundy. They studied the soil and enclosed the best vineyards which are still today producing the best wines : Clos Vougeot, Clos des Lambrays , Clos de la Roche .... Louis XIV was one of the monarchs who appreciated Burgundy’s diversity and even Napoleon had a favorite among Burgundy’s appellations : Chambertin.
Corton hill may be the representation of Burgundy’ complexity as different styles of wines are produced in this very same hill depending on the side and the altitude where grapes are grown
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