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Burgundy White Wines

Once is not custom, the vineyard of Burgundy produces mainly white wine, it is a rare thing in France. Indeed, of the total production, which is around 200 million bottles, 61% is white wine, 28% red wine and 11% Crémant de Bourgogne.
The main grape variety is Chardonnay and there are a few authorized white grape varieties (Aligoté, Melon, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon, etc.)

The expression of the king grape variety that is Chardonnay in Burgundy is distinguished according to the sub-region of Burgundy. Chablis, Côtes de Nuits, Côtes de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and Maconnais. Each region will have its specificities related to the soils, the climate, the work of men over the years. Apart from these geographical areas you will find in Burgundy generic appellations of Burgundy such as Bourgogne and Bourgogne Aligoté.

Burgundy white wines from the Chablis region:

Wines with a pale and brilliant color on the youth. Aromas evoking citrus notes, minerality and freshness. Interestingly, Sauvignon de St Bris is the only white Burgundy wine made from the Sauvignon grape variety.
The great appellations of this production area are: Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis 1er Crus and Chablis Grand Crus. to a lesser extent you will find Bourgogne Côte d'Auxerre, Bourgogne Chitry, Bourgogne Coulange la Vineuse...

Burgundy white wines from the Côte de Nuits:

The Côte de Nuits is rather the kingdom of the great red wines of Burgundy. however, do not miss these appellations which also make white wine. Take an interest in the AOC Marsannay, Morey Saint Denis, Vougeot and Nuits Saint Georges and the generic appellations Côtes de Nuits, Côtes de Nuits Villages, Burgundy Hautes Côtes der Nuits.

Burgundy white wines from the Côte de Beaune:

The Côte de Beaune is the part where you will find the greatest white wines of Burgundy or at least the most prestigious (Meursault, Beaune, Chassagne Montrachet, Puligny Montrachet and Montrachet). They are adorned with a dress with more sustained golden reflections. On the nose, you will find aromas of white flesh fruits, floral notes, aromas of toast and fresh butter. The palate is rich, powerful and round. in addition to the big names, take a look at the AOC Ladoix, Pernand Vergelesses, Aloxe Corton, Chorey lès Beaune, Savigny lès Beaune, Monthélie, Auxey Duresses, Saint Romain, Saint Aubin, Santenay and Maranges as well as the generic Côtes de Beaune appellations. , Côtes de Beaune Villages and Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune.

Burgundy White Wines from the Côte Chalonnaise:

The Côte Chalonnaise offers beautiful white wines, including AOC Bouzeron (Aligoté grape variety), Rully, Mercurey, Givry and Montagny. The most established generic appellation is Burgundy Côtes Chalonnaise.
The color of a white Burgundy in Côte Chalonnaise is a beautiful greenish yellow. The nose evokes flowers, citrus fruits and spicy and fruity notes. The palate is fruity and ample with a fresh finish.

Burgundy white wines from the Macon region:

The Macon region, also known for the Solutré rock, produces a type of dry, mineral white wine, such as the "Mâcon" AOCs (Mâcon, Mâcon Villages, Mâcon Fuissé, Mâcon Loché, Mâcon Vinzelles), Saint Véran, Viré Clessé and the AOC "Pouilly" (Pouilly Fuissé, Pouilly Loché, Pouilly Vinzelles) and Pouilly Fuissé. Generally the color of these wines is a beautiful brilliant yellow. The nose is marked by fresh fruit and minerality. On the palate the minerality and freshness are confirmed; If the wine has aged in oak barrels, notes of vanilla accompany everything.

The grape varieties authorized to make a white wine in Burgundy


Just as pinot noir is the star grape variety for red wine in Burgundy, chardonnay holds the same position for white wine in Burgundy. it seems that chardonnay and the terroirs of burgundy were made for each other.

The Aligote:

It enters into the composition in a minority way of certain wines, such as Crémant de Bourgogne. Aligoté adapts to different types of soil and when the yield is controlled it develops beautiful fresh and gourmet notes. Only Bouzeron is a village associated with Aligoté.

Sauvignon Blanc:

A curiosity of Burgundy, Sauvignon de Saint Bris is a white wine made exclusively from this grape variety.

Some winegrowers maintain the cultivation of Pinot Beurot or Pinot Gris or the Melon grape variety, but this is almost anecdotal. However, this approach makes it possible to preserve this heritage.