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Marsannay, Fixin, and Gevrey-Chambertin

The first villages south of Dijon represent the start of the Côte d’Or.


This is the only village in Burgundy that makes white, red, and rosé. In fact, I think some of the rosé wines of Marsannay are the best in France but most never make it to America. Why? Because Dijon is so close, and from May through September, sipping on a glass of Marsannay Rosé is the thing to do at the local bistro.

Burgundy Report: Map resource for Marsanny

Here’s a deep dive on Marsannay terroir including a super cool map of exposure and soil types

Vin de Bourgognes: Marsannay information and the downloadable PDF with map


These can be wildly fun wines, with a rustic backbone and some ‘from the earth’ aromas. They can also be a crap shoot when it comes to value, some of them being pretty thin in style. Stick to producers that you know, and when you find one that you like at the right price, stock up. The acidity level in Fixin helps the wines to be more age-worthy than you may expect.

Burgundy Report: Map resource and more info on Fixin

Vin de Bourgogne: Fixin information and the downloadable PDF with map


As one of the best known villages in all of Burgundy, and an area that makes consistently powerful and impressive styles of wine, Gevrey-Chambertin is an area to study in more detail. These are big wines with an impressive smoothness of tannins.

There are 26 Premier Crus and 9 Grand Crus in this region, making it the largest concentration of Grand Crus by number in all of Burgundy. Note there are larger swaths of Grand Cru to be found, but nowhere do you have 9 of them in one village lined up like this.

This is the stretch of Burgundy where the “Routes de Grand Crus” begins for a 60km run through Burgundy.

Vin de Bourgogne: Overview of Gevrey-Chambertin (with awesome videos), and the downloadable PDF with map.

Burgundy Report: Profile of Gevrey-Chambertin