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The Burgundy Masterclass

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    Welcome to the Burgundy Superclass! And what to expect from this course.
  2. Introduction of suggested maps and books for the Burgundy Superclass
  3. How to buy Burgundy: hints and tips
  4. Burgundy Geography 101
  5. A short history of Burgundy
  6. Burgundy wine labeling: Bourgogne, District, Village, Premier Cru, Grand Cru
  7. Burgundy ownership terms: Domaine, Negociants, Monopole
  8. The Chardonnay grape in Burgundy
  9. The Pinot Noir grape in Burgundy
  10. Chablis and Petit Chablis
  11. Grand Cru Chablis
  12. The new and the unknown: Vézelay
  13. Burgundy Project 1: Retailer Analysis
  14. Week Two: The Côte d'Or
    Overview: The Côte d'Or
  15. Marsannay, Fixin, and Gevrey-Chambertin
  16. Morey-Saint-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, and Vougeot
  17. Vosne-Romanee, Nuits-St.-Georges
  18. Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte de Nuits
  19. Aloxe-Corton, Savigny-Les-Beaune, Chorey-Les-Beaune, Beaune
  20. Pommard, Volnay
  21. Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Chassagne-Montrachet
  22. Saint-Aubin
  23. Santenay
  24. "The Villages" and Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Hautes Côte de Beaune
  25. Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte de Beaune
  26. Burgundy Project 2: Village Exploration, Côte d'Or
  27. Week Three: The Côte Chalonnaise, the Mâcon, and more
    Quick overview: The Côte Chalonnaise
  28. Bouzeron and the Aligoté grape
  29. Rully, Mercurey, Givry, Montagny
  30. Quick overview: The Mâconnais
  31. Mâcon-Villages, Viré-Clessé
  32. Pouilly-Fuissé, Pouilly-Vinzelles, and St. Veran
  33. Cremant de Bourgogne
  34. Burgundy Vintages
  35. Jason's favorite Burgundy producers
  36. How to shop for Burgundy with your new knowledge
  37. Burgundy Project 3: Village Exploration, Côte Chalonnaise or Mâcon
  38. Congratulations! And putting it all together.
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How to buy Burgundy: hints and tips

Finding a good wine merchant for Burgundy can be a challenge.

Burgundy is a specialty subject, and it’s not often you find a wine store that really invests in a range of Burgundy. As you can imagine, their goal is to move product and let’s be honest: not a lot of people are rushing in wanting to drop $100 on a bottle of Clos Vougeot.

That being said, hunt around in your local fine wine shops. Ask questions. Tell them what you’re doing with this course.

What you’re looking for is 1) interaction; 2) questions; 3) curiosity. That trifecta shows that you are in a good shop.

The other key about a good local wine shop is they can special order single bottles for you from local merchants. So don’t hesitate to reach out them with specific requests, just know that it may take a week for the wine to arrive. “I’m looking for a great Volnay that’s drinking well now” is a perfectly reasonable request.

A few of our favorite producers

Note this is not a complete list. But we wanted to tip our hats toward personal favorite Burgundy houses that make consistently interesting and accurate wines. These are the ones we seek out regularly, and the ones you’ll see in our videos.

Bouchard Pere & Fils

Joseph Drouhin

William Fèvre (Chablis)

Vincent Girardin

Henri Gouges (Nuits-St.-Georges)

Jean Dauvissat (Chablis)

Louis Michel er Fils (Chablis)

Raveneau (Chablis)

Armand Rousseau

Comte Georges de Vogüe

Domaine de la Pousse d’Or


Etienne Sauzet



Tollot-Beaut et Fils

J.M Boillot

Daniel et Julien Barraud