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The Astor Wines & Spirits Glossary

Burgundy

The range of wine styles offered in Burgundy rivals that of any other region. In Chablis, Chardonnay is left unoaked to produce lean, crisp, steely wines with incredible acidity - a far cry from the vanilla-oak bombs that so many consumers associate with this grape. Fans of rich, unctuous, and well-oaked Chardonnay will enjoy Chassagne-Montrachet, whose age-worthy offerings offer all the fatness of a California wine, yet retain a very Burgundian, mineral-driven core and great acidity. Burgundian Pinot Noir varies quite a bit as well. If you’re a California fan, look to Pommard, where the wines are dark, ripe, and high in alcohol. For something more delicate, try (for example) a bottle from Givry or Saint-Romain.
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