In Burgundy, four main grape varieties are grown. The "red" grape varieties are Pinot Noir and Gamay. The "white" varieties are Chardonnay and Aligoté. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the most common.
Pinot Noir in Burgundy
Pinot Noir produces the best red wines in Burgundy, notable for their aromas of red fruit and spices. The ageing potential of wines made from Pinot Noir is generally considerable.
Pinot Noir juice is colourless. It’s during maceration and its time in the fermentation tank that the colourant contained in the skin of the grapes gives the wine its red colour.
Chardonnay in Burgundy
Chardonnay produces exceptional white wines known for their aromas of minerals, flowers and white and yellow fruit.
White Burgundy wines made from Chardonnay are recognised worldwide for their aromatic qualities.
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In Burgundy, unlike other regions, no blending of grapes is performed during the wine-making process*. The great wines of Burgundy therefore express all the wealth of Burgundy’s lands through the Pinot Noir grapes for red wines and Chardonnay for white wines.Except for a few exceptions such as Passe-Tout-Grains, the Coteaux Bourgundy or certain Crémants de Bourgogne.