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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

BURGUNDY WINE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Philip S. Kampe

The Holidays are upon us...
So, is GIFT giving time...

What a Great way to Introduce someone to the World of BURGUNDY Wines!
Give someone on your Gift list a bottle of Burgundy and you may, just, CHANGE their lives.

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A little History:
Burgundy wines are from the eastern region of France. Grapes grow in the hills, valleys and slopes, west of the Saone River, a tributary of the Rhone river.

The Fench word for Burgundy is Bourgogne or Vin de Bourgogne.

The most famous Burgundies (red) are made from the PINOT NOIR grape, while the whites are made from the CHARDONNAY grape.

Burgundy has the highest number of APPELATIONS d' ORIGINE CONTROLEE (AOCs) than any other French region.

Burgundy received it's AOC on 30 July, 1935.

The various AOCs are classified from GRAND CRU Vineyards down to more non-specific regional appelations. This practice goes back to Medieval times.

Burgundies geographic location makes it the Best choice for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals.

Burgundy is 135 miles from north to south, containing 60,000 acres for wine production.

There are FIVE major wine-producing regions that make Burgundy wines:
Chablis and Grand Auxerrois.
Cote de Nuits & Hautes Cotes de Nuits.
Maconnais.
Cotes Chaionnaise & Couchois.
Cote de Beaune & Hautes Cotes de Beaune.

Burgundies 'TERROIR" is the result of subtle chemistry between the grape varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay; a combination of natural elements; weather, soil and sub-soil (limestone) and exposure and orientation combined with the winegrower's know-how.

Burgundy grapes used for wine:
59% white
34% red
7% cremant.
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Thanks to a seminar led by ANNE PARENT, Winemaker and owner of PARENT wines http://www.domaine-parent-bourgogne.com/ and CECILE MATHIAUD, Press Contact for the BUREAU INTERPROFESSIONNEL des VINS de BOURGOGNE http://www.vins-bourgogne.fr/ , I had the opportunity to sample wines in the boardroom of FLEISHMAN-HILLARD, 220 East 42nd
http://www.fleishmanhillard.com/ .
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BURGUNDY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS:

WHITE BURGUNDIES:
Saint-Veran
Les Cras 2007
Domaine des Deaux Roches

Mersault 2007
Albert Bichot
Domaine du Pavillon

Chablis 1er Cru
Vaulorent 2007
Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard

RED BURGUNDIES:
Givry 2008
Domaine Michael Sarrazin & Fils

Beaune 1er Cru
Les Champs Pimont 2007
Domaine Jacques Prieur

Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
Les Combottes 2007
Domaine Alain Jeanniard
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ALL OF THE ABOVE BURGUNDIES REPESENT THE 'TERROIR', ACIDITY, MINERALITY AND FINESE THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TOP TIER OF WINES FROM BURGUNDY.

EACH BOTTLE REPRESENTS BURGUNDY AT IT'S FINEST, YET REASONABLY PRICED!
BURGUNDIES ARE A GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA!!!!!

VISIT www.burgundy-wines.com to learn more about BURGUNDY WINES.

++All of the wines have representation in the U.S. and are relatively easy to find.++

PHILIP S. KAMPE
philip.kampe@thewinehub.com




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