Let’s start with a bit of French geography – skip to the next paragraph to hear Camille’s recording of the French Burgundy wine villages pronunciation!
3 Facts About French Burgundy Wines
Burgundy is located east and south of Paris. It is about a 2 1/2 hour ride via TGV (gare de Lyon).
Almost the entire major wine growing area of Burgundy is located in a 35 mile strip, from just below Dijon in the north, to just above Lyon in the South.
- This 35 mile area is known as the Côte D’Or (golden coast, golden hills).
- The Côte D’or is further divided into the Côte De Nuits(in the North), and the Côte de Beaune (in the South).
- The division between these two areas is the town of Beaune, the epicenter of Burgundy.
Beaune should be on every wine lover’s short list of places to see.
You must know, or at least be able to recognize the major village names in the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune.
Make sure you use the audio recording to learn the Burgundy French wines pronunciation.
Pronounce Burgundy Wines In the Côte de Nuits:
- Fixin(even people in the wine trade cannot pronounce this village, but I know all of you can, thanks to Camille. Hint: it is NOT “fix… in”)
- Gevrey Chambertin
- Chambolle Musigny
- Nuits -St.- Georges
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Pronounce Burgundy Wines In the Côte de Beaune:
- Savigny Les Beaune
- Chassagne Montrachet
- Puligny Montrachet
These Burgundy village names, arguably the most famous in all of France are crucial to an understanding of the wines of Burgundy.
Study these well, and next time I will provide you with the single most important bit of information about the wines – understanding the grapes.
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