The wines of Burgundy – where should I start?

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The wines of Burgundy can be somewhat paradoxical. On the one hand, this wonderful wine region should be fairly easy to understand. After all, there are really only two grape varieties grown here – Pinot Noir for the reds and Chardonnay for the white. And yet this region encompasses over 400 appellations and some truly tiny domaines, therefore rendering it one of the most complex wine regions to understand in the world. Yet the wines from Burgundy, when good – are some of the best produced on this planet. So I asked  Pierre-Henry Gagey, the boss of the large Burgundian negocinat (Louis Jadot), where should one start when trying to discover this region?

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.

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.

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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