Each wine-growing region in France has its own classification of wines. In Burgundy,the notion of terroir is very important, since it’s the soil that gives the wine its name (in Alsace, it’s the grape variety, in Bordeaux, it’s the domaine…).
The wine terroir in Burgundy is also referred to as “Climat“. This is a parcel of vines, carefully delimited and named for centuries, which has its own history and benefits from particular geological and climatic conditions.
“In Burgundy, when we talk about a climate, we don’t raise our eyes to the sky, we lower them to the earth”
Quote by Bernard Pivot, writer and president of the Comité de soutien de l’Association pour l’inscription des Climats du vignoble de Bourgogne au Patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco.