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Monday, June 17, 2013

Burgundy's Classification Sysem



 
Burgundy’s system of classifying its wine can seem daunting…that’s because it is.  The entire scheme is based on the specific plots of land where the grapes are grown.  Here’s a stripped down version that will help you digest the many layers:

Grand Cru: 
ü Apex of quality

ü only 2% of the vineyards

ü There can be several different wineries that own a part of the vineyard, each making their own “Grand Cru”

ü Grand Cru is shown on the label

Premier Cru:
ü 2nd tier of highest quality wines

ü 15% of the vineyards

ü There can be several different wineries that own a part of the vineyard, each making their own “Premier Cru”

ü The name of the village in which the vineyard is located appears first on the label and is followed by “Premier Cru”

Village Wine:
ü 3rd tier in the quality system

ü 30% of Burgundy’s wine

ü The village’s name is the only prominent thing on the label

ü Only grapes from this village may be used

Regional Wine:

ü Lowest level of quality

ü 53% of Burgundy’s wine

ü One of Burgundy’s 3 regions must appear on the label which denote the area from which the grapes came (Macon, Beaujolais or Bourgogne)

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