Burgundy's "Other" Grapes
We recently posted a blog, as part of our growing Guide to Bourgogne, all about the "other" grapes grown in Burgundy.
You may think it's all Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Burgundy, and you wouldn't be totally wrong. The vast majority of wines from Burgundy are made of just these two grapes, white and red respectively. But, there are other wines--excellent and unique wines of terroir--made by a few other grapes.
Our blog will go into much greater detail about all the allowed varietals. But, for now, we'll cover the big two. These are perhaps the first thought of, after Chardonnay and Pinot. They are, of course, Aligoté and Gamay.
Aligoté is a favorite among many wine geeks because of its zippy acidity. Some believe it may even have the strength to stand up against one of wine's biggest foes--global warming.
But, one thing is for sure, when made with care, at the hands of a talented wine maker, on Burgundian terroir--Aligoté gives way to some incredible wines. Fresh on release, but certainly ageable, these wines serve as great value by Burgundy's standards.
Gamay is a fairly familiar grape to wine lovers and novices, alike. That's right, the grape known for Beaujolais appears in Bourgogne Passetoutgrain as well.
What is Passetoutgrain? Well, it is the name for wines made up of a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay. It's in these wines that you'll see most Burgundian Gamay.
Lighter than typical Pinot's thanks to Gamay's fresh, lively character, these wines also have both charm and sophistication. The perfect marriage of two grapes.
With a little chill, there may be no better food wines for summer time: fresh enough for lighter fare and even fish, with enough body and acidity to pair with burgers on the grill.
There are more wines of Burgundy to discover, and plenty of bargains! Keep watching our blog for more. And, don't forget to hop over to our Guide post to learn of all the other "other" grapes.