Chief Wine Officer, Alti Wine Exchange
There are literally thousands and thousands of wineries in Burgundy, and a large number of them make outstanding and extremely reputable wines.
Here, we’re going to focus on some of the most illustrious, some of the most unmissable names in the region, names that are important to have in mind if you want to pretend to be a real Burgundy wine connoisseur (or intend to become one). Names you may want to research further after we’ve given you some information about them here.
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The icons of Gevrey-Chambertin
Let’s start from the North of the Cote d’Or, with the extraordinary village of Gevrey-Chambertin.
The star name and legendary family-owned wine producer in Gevrey-Chambertin is the Domaine Armand Rousseau. Even though the Domaine was established relatively recently in the early 20th century, the world-wide reputation of the estate has skyrocketed over the past few decades under the control of Armand Rousseau’s son Charles, and now Charles’ son Eric Rousseau. The domaine’s vineyard holdings count with 8.51 hectares of grand cru including wines from Le Chambertin and Clos-de-Bèze. Iconic names.
Domaine Dugat-Py is also in the top names in Gevrey, known as an old-vine and organic wine specialist, any wine made from vines younger than 30 years old du Dugat Py is declassified by themselves and used to make their Bourgogne Rouge even if it comes from a top vineyard to ensure consistent and elite-level quality. Dugat Py makes three grands crus: Chambertin, Mazis Chambertin and Charmes Chambertin.
For other big names making top Gevrey wines, look out for Domaine Dujac, Domaine Fourrier, Prieuré-Roch or Domaine Trapet.
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The Domaine Georges Roumier is a legend in Chambolle-Musigny, one of the longest-established estate bottling domaines in the Côte D’Or. For a sample of what this translates into, their Le Musigny Grand Cru wine easily retails for around $10000 a bottle, although the winery also makes an iconic Premier Cru Les Amoureuses here, as well as, outside of Chambolle, a Clos de Vougeot and Bonnes Mares Vosne-Romanee Grand Cru.
Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé is a producer to be reckoned with here, if only because they own a spectacular parcel of the Musigny Grand Cru that covers 7.2 hectares or 70% of the entire grand cru. Many consider Le Musigny to be the finest vineyard in Burgundy, so it’s not a small holding. Georges de Vogüé also makes outstanding Les Amoureuses 1er Cru of Chambolle and Les Bonnes Mares in Vosne, like Georges Roumier.
Also look out for Chambolle Musigny wines made by the Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier. The family has owned the Chateau de Chambolle Musigny, the villages Chateau since 1863 and makes a Musigny Grand Cru, and Les Fuées premier cru as well as Les Amoureuses.
Many top producers and Maisons that own grand crus in different parts of Burgundy also make top Chambolle Musigny wines, like Domaine Faiveley, Joseph Drouhin or Domaine Leroy, the latter, Domaine Leroy’s Musigny Grand Cru is the second most expensive wine in the world, but we’ll get back to Leroy as a cult producer in more details in a minute.