Having spent much of it's history under the command of Benedictine and Cistercian monks, Burgundy or Bourgogne, is synonymous with two of the world's most celebrated grapes, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and has done more than any other region in helping them claim that distinction.
Burgundian reds, when on song, are amongst the world's best. It is then with some frustration, that they are also among the most inconsistent. Novices and experts alike have been left both enraptured and bemused at times, perhaps lending itself to increase the romance associated with these wines.
In the north, Chablis produces wine only made from Chardonnay, the limestone soil helps to create crisp, minerally wines often described by the french as gunflint.
The most renowned sub-region in Burgundy is the Côte d'Or, itself split into two sections along a north/south divide. The north, known as the Côte de Nuits is predominantly red wine country made from Pinot Noir, the south, Côte de Beaune has more balanced production although overall slightly leaning towards whites. It is these areas, villages that create remarkably varied wines, that Burgandy gets much of it's fame.
Further south in Burgandy is the Côte Chalonnaise, perhaps offering some of the best value for money reds in the region, and Mâconnais, home to the famous Chardonnay producing villages of Macon, Pouilly-Fuissé and St. Véran.