Demystifying the wines of Burgundy

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In essence, Burgundy should be a fairly simple wine region to understand – after all, its only got one red grape (Pinot Noir) and one white (Chardonnay)*. But the reality is that Burgundy has a higher number of appellations d’origine protegée (AOPs) than any other French region, and is often seen as the most terroir-conscious of the French wine regions.

Here, Pierre-Henry Gagey, the boss of Maison Louis Jadot, explains why the region is actually not so complex to understand.

Maison Louis Jadot was founded by Louis Henry Denis Jadot in 1859 and is a family wine company that produces and markets Burgundy wine. It operates both its own vineyards and also buys grapes from many growers. It controls 270 hectares (670 acres) of vineyards in Burgundy (including Beaujolais Crus) and produces only AOC wines.

In 1985 the company was sold to the family of Rudy Kopf, who also own Kobrand, Jadot’s US importer.

*Red and white wines are also made from other grape varieties, such as Gamay (in Beaujolais) and Aligoté, respectively.

Stephen Cronk
The author: Stephen Cronk

I became captivated with the world of wine whilst on a visit to the Barossa Valley during my gap year in Australia. I went on to join a London wine merchant and studied wine for several years before starting my own wine business at 24. I sold the business aged 30 and went into Telecoms for 15 years, during which time I began cooking up the plan to create Mirabeau.

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