Take a Tour of Burgundy with the French Winophiles!
Join us for this month’s French Winophiles!
What: A Tour of Burgundy Part 1 | Chablis + Côte d’Or
When: May 20, 2017 | 10 am CST
Burgundy Wine Region Quick Facts:
- Stretches 140 miles from Chablis to the Mâconnais.
- South 3.5 hours by car or 1.5 hrs. by train from Paris.
- Enjoys a semi-continental climate.
- Comprises 6% French wine production.
- Produces 62% white wines, 28% red wines, and 10% sparkling (*BIVB – 2017.)
- Contains 20% of all French Appellations (AOC’s):
- 33 Grand Cru AOC’s
- 635 Premier Cru AOC’s
- 44 Village AOC’s
- 23 AOC’s
- Primary varietals: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
- Subregions include:
- Chablis/Grand Auxerrois/Châtillonnais
- Côte d’Or (Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune)
- Côte Chalonnaise
- The Mâconnais
- Beaujolais – Administratively only (Technically, Beaujolais belongs to the Rhône department.)
Burgundy: Some history….
- Benedictine and Cistercian monks oversaw wine production in Burgundy from 909 AD until 1789, introducing stone walls, or clos, around vineyards, codifying named sites, or climats, and cultivating Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as the region’s primary varietals.
- Prior to the Revolution, France’s royal Dukes of Burgundy ruled the region from 1363-1477, outlawing Gamay.
- Burgundy established the first Hospices de Beaune wine auction at the Hôtel Dieu in 1851.
Chablis Quick Facts:
- Chablis also includes the Grand Auxerrois and Châtillonnais sub-regions.
- Chablis boasts distinctive chalky limestone clays composed of dead oyster fossils. The biomass originated in a tropical sea that once covered the region, long before glaciers formed, tectonic plates shifted and crusts uplifted.
- Fun Fact: These dead baby oysters settled into layers, eventually morphing into clays with a chalky consistency. With each plate shift and uplift, the chalky sea bed layers dispersed, forming a ‘ring’ which today includes the cliffs of Dover, Chablis, Champagne’s Aube region, and the Upper Loire’s Sancerre region.
- Chardonnay accounts for 100% of Chablis’ wine production, with the following exceptions:
- The village of St. Bris may cultivate Sauvignon Blanc.
- The village of Irancy may produce César-Pinot Noir blends.
- The village of Vézelay may grow Melon de Bourgogne.
- Chablis’ AOC Hierarchy includes:
- Chablis Grand Cru
- Chablis Premier Cru
- Petit Chablis
- Chablis has (1) Grand Cru with (7) distinctive climats:
- Les Clos
Côte d’Or Quick Facts:
- Also know as “La Route des Grands Crus” the ‘golden slopes’ of the Côte d’Or encompass Burgundy’s celebrated Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune.
- Côte de Nuits produces 89% red wine, and contains 24 Grand Cru, all red but one (Musigny).
- Côte de Beaune produces 57% red, 43% white wines, and includes 8 Grand Crus, all white but one (Corton).
HOW TO JOIN US
If you are a wine writer or blogger, this is your invitation to join in! Posts on travel, food, wine and lifestyle in Burgundy are all welcome.
Contact me to tell me you’re in: Include blog url, Twitter handle, and any other social media details. If you know your blog post title, include that…but you can also send that a bit closer to the event. We’d just like to get a sense of who’s participating and give some shout-outs and links as we go. Contact me below.
Send your post title to me by Wednesday, May 17th to be included in the preview post. I will prepare a preview post shortly after getting the titles, linking to your blogs. Your title may or may not include “#Winophiles.”
Publish your post between 12:01 a.m-8:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, May 20th. You can always schedule your post in advance if you will be tied up that morning.
Include links to the other #Winophiles participants in your post, and a description of what the event is about. I’ll provide the HTML code that you can easily put in your initial post — which will link to people’s general blog url.
Get social! After the posts go live, please visit your fellow bloggers posts’ to comment and share. We have a Facebook group (French Winophiles) for participating bloggers to connect and share, too. If you need an invitation please let me know.
NOTE: Sponsored posts are OK if clearly disclosed. Please be sure to disclose if your post is sponsored or if you are describing wine or other products for which you have received a free sample.
For an overview of the region:
And don’t forget!
Join us for Burgundy | Part 2: June 17, 2017
Côte Chalonnaise + Mâconnais (+ Beaujolais)
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