Spot the Burgundy!

Today I look at how to spot a value for money Burgundy Wine, or differentiate between them? Sometimes its confusing to have to deal with all this french stuff. Here you can see an example of how to find a wine. All good wines in France are labelled with the region or village. This can be confusing! As a start on the back or front it should be labelled 'white burgundy wine' (or red for that matter)!









I suggest to look out for the more value for money regional wines such as Bourgogne, Macon, Chablis... Here you will find wines £7-8 per bottle and excellent quality and value. You find specific villages are much more expensive, so stay regional, see below.

Here is a little map of the regions showing the main areas of production, and so you can identify what is what.

I hope that helps a little! Remember white is always made from Chardonnay and red is always Pinot Noir (unless its a Beaujolais in which case red its a Gamay)




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The Saint-Vincent festival 900 years of history in the villages of Vougeot & Gilly-les-Cîteaux Jan 24-25, 2015

St Vincent is the patron saint of winegrowers and each year a Festival is organised by the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (the brotherhood of Burgundy winegrowers) on the first Saturday after 22nd January – the feast day of St Vincent. It celebrates 900 years of history of monks growing wine.
The ceremony takes place in different winegrowing villages each year and in one or other of Burgundy’s winegrowing districts. The Saturday begins early in the morning with a procession of members of the Confrérie and local winegrowers to attend a mass attended by the Grand Council of the Order. Following the mass the assembled group attend the Extraordinary Chapter of the brotherhood to honour the President for the St Vincent village of that year.
St Vincent celebrations attract tens of thousands of people over the weekend – you buy a specially designed commemorative glass for about 10 Euros and then tour the village where local winegrowers have opened their cellars for wine tasting, and join in the fun.
In addition special dinners are organised along with street entertainment and street food to help soak up the wine. The Saint-Vincent festival will take place in the villages of Vougeot & Gilly-les-Cîteaux Jan 24-25, 2015. story courtesy of Lynne Hammond
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Wine you should buy now ... 2009 and 2010 reds no really!

Hello reader(s) :-)

Its my pleasure to bring to our attention the fact that there have been some great vintages and some not so great vintages. As Burgundy is both vintage and producer dependant (and my producers are a bit of a given...) it is best to get some of the more succesful red vintages while they still last. Both 2009 and 2010 for reds were particularly good years, and these are a dying breed on my stock list, as they WILL go out of stock. Currently I have 7 types left of the 2010 listed and 13 types only of the 2009.

If you're serious about good red burgundy please get some of these vintages in before it all sells out... It's a bargin and will be much appreciated later.  For Whites its maybe less of an issus as 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012 have all performed well so more choices are available.

Anyway food for thought...

warm regards Will

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Wills Wine Evenings Explore Burgundy –through its wine and food

Wills Wine Evenings - Give as a gift or get a group together...

Bourgogne Evening @ £49.95

Burgundy Villages Evening @ £79.95

Premier Crus Evening @£119.95

Boeuf Bourgignon and Dauphinoise Pommes de Terre are a £20 add on

Explore some of the wines of the world greatest Burgundy–and all carefully matched to snacks eg canapés salads cheeses etc..! Your friendly Burgundy specialist Will Grafton of has selected some wines to try, and a complementary selection of snacks. So a small talk will be given, to inform you about the wines you are having from Burgundy and why it is SO special (in my view). Why its is known as ‘The Ultimate Expression of Terroir’ and true home of the worlds most exciting grape, Pinot Noir!

 Price includes great snacks,  around 5 wines..large groups > 10 please discuss.. 

…Your Event can be held anywhere in Somerset, Dorset, East DEVON + West Wiltshire (otherwise might have to charge some mileage, please discuss with us)

Featuring for Bourgogne, Chardonnay, Macon, Bourgiogne Pinot Noir,Beaujolais Cote de Nuits Vaucrains  or  similar

Villages e.g. would be Pouilly Fuisse, Meursault, Chassagne Montrachet, Nuits St Georges, Gevrey Chamertin Château des Jacques Moulin a Vent 

1er Cru e.g. Beaune 1er Cru, or Other 1er Crus

Whites will be served with Sea food nibbles accompanied with a light salad and dressing, some gravadlax canapes with dill sauce

Followed by Reds with Light Charcuterie bites with a selection of snacks and cheeses,

Classsic Burgundian Wine combination

Menu and wines may vary based on availability. E & OE
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Now Free Shipping

As its Christmas and in line with the online industry I have deided to do free shipping on all orders from 1 case upwards....

no song and dance but there it is so please make use and buy some before I change my mind! :-)

many thanks for reading


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Village white wines- 3 years after vintage. Drink over the 3-5 five years.

Premiers Crus -5 years after vintage. Drink over the next 5-8 years.

Grands Crus -Leave 8 years after the vintage. Drink over the next 10.


Village red wines, Côte de Beaune - Open 3-4 years after the vintage. Make sure you drink them in the next 3 - 4 years.

Village red wines, Côte de Nuits -Open 4-5 years after the vintage. Make sure you drink them in the next 5 -7 years.

Premiers Crus, Cote de Beaune - Open 5-6 years after vintage. Drink the following 8-10 years.

Premiers Crus, Côte de Nuits - Open 6-7 years after vintage. Drink the following 10 -12 years.

Grands Crus- 10 years after the vintage. Drink over the next 15-20 years.

This applies to a normal good vintage, and to normal ie 75 cl bottles. For really a great year add 25%. For a lesser year remove 25% percent. Apologies to Clive Coates

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Whats Makes A Great Burgundy White Wine, or Red for that matter....

Dear Readers trying to put my finger on why both you and I just love here we go-Wills View on the Great Pinot Noir!

Its such a tricky beast, it must be grown in cooler climes otherwise it doesn't develop the best flavours. It becomes way too sweet, overpowering any innate complexity. It's also very important to firmly limit the yields otherwise it's also not going to give of its best. The Burgundians use debudding and pruning to reduce yeilds, and then also do careful selection of the best of what's produced (triage).

When It's good  it is able to be 'transparent' and can reflect the different makeup of the underlying soils better than any other grape we know. But also it can be easily confounded by the wet weather or hail storms that arrive frequently. Wet weather weakens the skins and encourages rots near to harvest, and hail destroys the its tricky.

When its right it's genteel, not over powerful and is delicate and expressive rather than brassy and strong. It's not generally as long lived as say a bordeaux, except for those amazing bits of ground that produce the great Premier and Grand Crus. These are the only places that (in a  good year) produce Pinot that have a really long keeping potential.

When its young its fully stacked with various berry fruits, and when its older its more the leathery, undergrowth and mushroom type of flavours that creep in. Its a conundrum for growers worldwide, and an anomaly, thank goodness!

Erwan Faiveley is asked what factors make a Chardonnay great?

Terroir, weather conditions and of course winemaking skills. Chardonnay – just like Merlot and Cabernet – seems to be produced in so many regions, only a few places really outperform. You need clay and moderate temperature for really excellent interpretations.

We are very lucky at Domaine Faiveley to have some wonderful sites that really give the wine so much personality such as Clos Rochette, our distinctive monopole in Mercurey, and of course we are very lucky to have an amazing piece of Corton-Charlemagne, very well situated with old vines.

I think that the people we have here at the winery, especially my cellar master, are very gifted. Corton-Charlemagne is one of the greatest white wines in Burgundy, maybe in the world.

source 'the drinks businesss'

Anyway I realy hope you like the website and thanks for your support!

Yours Sincerely,
Will Grafton

Wills Burgundy


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Domaine Faiveley now featured

I am very happy to have Faiveley wines now on the site, their meticlous attention to details ensures great wines.. Specialists in Nuits St Georges and also with a strong presence Gevrey chambertin and in the Cote de Beanue, along with the more off beat Mercurey.

Most all of their wines are from their own vineyards. All are carefully grown selected and vinified to produce a style of fine wine that is respectful to the 'terroir' and up there with the best!

For example Hugh Johnson rates it very highly and says the house style is much more succulent, less austereand its hugely revitalised since the arrival of the new generation in 2007.

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Premier Cru, Grand Cru what does that mean?

Burgundy has 4 levels of disticnction,or 'appellations' in French

  • Regional (aka Bourgogne)- comes from anywhere inside Burgundy
  • Villages (from a particular Burgundian village e.g say Gevrey Chambertin, or Mersault)
  • 1er Cru or Premier Cru (from one named field in a specific village)
  • Grand Cru (also from one field in a specific village)
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Vintages- IMHO

I'm often asked about vintages, and remember these apply to any wines, but the keepiing advice ONLY applies to better wines on the whole eg villages or 1er Cru, Grand Cru... table with apologies to other websites heres my view ie IMHO :-)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Red 5 10 8 6
  Drink-Keep Drink-Keep Drink-Keep Drink-Keep
White 8 10 9 8
  Drink Drink Drink Keep
  2009 2010 2011 2012
Red 9 9 7 8
  Keep Keep Keep Keep
White 7 8 7 9
  Keep Keep Keep Keep




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