Greetings! I’m away June 14th – June 18th at 2017 Celebrate Walla Walla Wine
but wanted to remind you:
I’ll still be hosting The French #Winophiles
Tour of Burgundy, Part 2 – June 17th – 10 a CST
Scroll below for the Tour Guide…and a few fun facts!
This month the #Winophiles’ ‘virtual’ Tour of Burgundy wends its way south through the Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais and Beaujolais subregions.
A Few Facts about the Côte Chalonnaise:
- Contains irregular slopes with varying expositions, not always eastern facing, often separated by fields, woodlands and pastures, rather than a continuation of the Côte d’Or.
- Also includes the Couchois, five communes east of Côte Chalonnaise known for producing robust, expressive Bourgogne Rouge and Blanc regional wines.
- Contains no Grand Crus.
- Production: ~62% red, 38% white
- Principal Varietals: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Aligoté, Gamay (Gamay used in regional AOC’s Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire and Passe-Tout-Grains.)
- Derives its name from the industrial, non-vinious village Chalon-sur-Saône.
- Principal communes:
- Rully: Northern village renown for crémant de Bourgogne; also produces reds and whites.
- Bouzeron: Primary source for Burgundy’s finest Aligoté.
- Mercurey: Producer of high-quality reds on par with some of Côte d’Or’s finest premier crus.
- Givry: Another producer of quality value red wines.
- Montagny: Southern aromatic white wine-producing village.
A Few Facts about the Mâconnais
- Considered the true start of “Southern Burgundy,” with a warmer climate than Northern Burgundy, and featuring more Romanesque architecture.
- Undulating hills crescendo southward into massive rock outcroppings, including the famous rocks of Vergisson and Solutré (seen above.)
- Contains no Grand Crus.
- 85% vineyards planted to Chardonnay.
- Major producer of quality white wines, as well as rustic reds sourced made mostly from Gamay.
- Principal Communes:
A Few Facts about Beaujolais
- Technically part of the Rhône Department, but administratively under the aegis of Burgundy.
- Bordered by Mâcon in the north and Lyon in the south.
- Soils include granite and schist in the north, and broken yellow limestone known as Pierres Dorées (Golden Stones), clay and limestone in the south.
- Boasts 10 Cru AOC’s:
- Côte de Brouilly
- The birthplace of ‘Beaujolais Nouveau,’ a post-harvest release begun in 1970 and celebrated the 3rd Thursday of November each year.
- Gamay comprised most Beaujolais rouge, mostly produced by carbonic maceration.
About the French #Winophiles:
The French #Winophiles are a group of wine writers and bloggers that love French wine.
Each month we focus on an area or aspect of French wine. Topics include regions, routes, food, travel, history, profiles, tastings…we expand widely and seek to learn.
Here’s the French #Winophiles’ Tasty Tour Guide
for the virtual
Tour of Burgundy- Part 2 | Hashtag #Winophiles
Saturday, June 17th, 2017 – 8 a PST | 10 a CST | 11 a EST:
Jeff Burrows of FoodWineClick serves up “Salmon and Morels with the Domaine Wines of Louis Max.”
Jill Barth of L’Occasion shares “Historic Vineyards of Burgundy.”
Michelle Williams of Rockin Red Blog regales us with: “A Journey Through Burgundy Part 2, Exploring Mâconnais with #Winophiles.”
Gwendolyn Lawrence Alley of Wine Predator takes on: “Bourgogne with Beef Bourguignon from an Instant Pot.”
Lynn Gowdy of Savor the Harvest steers us through “Navigating Southern Burgundy: Mâconnaise and Beaujolais.”
Camilla Mann of Culinary Adventures with Cam tipples through “Touring Burgundy by Glass: It’s the End of the School Year and I Need a Drink!”
Jane Niemeyer of Always Ravenous explores “Discovering Rully Chardonnay + Bouzeron Aligoté in Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise.”
Nicole Ruiz Hudson of Somm’s Table schools us with “Cooking to the Wine: Jean-Marc Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis with Clam and Burrata Pizza.”
Wendy Klik of A Day in the Life on the Farm dips her toe in “Provence meets Burgundy.”
Lauren Walsh of The Swirling Dervish swirls up “Mercurey Rising: Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise.”
L.M. Archer of binnotes.com pours forth on “Burgundy’s Overlooked ‘Other’ White Wine.”
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