BurgundyWine Classifications


The classification structures in Burgundy differ fundamentally from those in Bordeaux
There are 4 different classifications:

Regional/District - 22 regional and district appellations which represent over 41% of total production. Examples of regional appellations: Bourgogne Blanc, Hautes Côtes de Nuits. District appellations never have Bourgogne in their names (e.g. Mâcon).

Commune - There are 53 communal appellations which represent 36% of total production.  Examples include Meursault, Puligny Montrachet, Volnay and Gevrey Chambertin. The communal or village name may be followed by the name of an individual vineyard, e,g, Meursault Clos de la Barre, Gevrey Chambertin Les Evocelles. Many villages have double barrelled names because they have hyphenated the name of their most famous vineyard: thus Gevrey has added Chambertin and Chambolle has added Musigny.

Single Vineyard Communes: Two classes of vineyards:

  • Premier Cru: The name of the village the name of the vineyard classified as premier cru: e.g. Meursault Charmes 1er cru, Gevrey Chambertin Clos St Jacques 1er cru. There are 585 premier cru vineyards in the Côte d'Or and Côte Chalonnaise. They represent 18% of Burgundy's total production.
  • Grand Cru: The name of the vineyard on its own: e.g. Chevalier-Montrachet, Corton Charlemagne (white); Richebourg, Le Musigny (red). Confusingly some of the grand cru names (Musigny, Chambertin, Montrachet) appear as part of a village name (see above).There are 32 Grand Cru vineyards in the Côte d'Or. They represent less than 5% of total production.

IMPORTANT BURGUNDY VILLAGES

Gevrey Chambertin
Grand Crus:
Le Chambertin
Chambertin Clos de Bèze
Mazis-Chambertin
Latricières-Chambertin
Ruchottes-Chambertin
Griottes-Chambertin
Chapelle-Chambertin
Charmes-Chambertin

Premiers Crus:
Combe au Moine
les Cazetiers
Estournelles St Jacques
Clos St Jacques
Aux Combottes.

Morey St. Denis
Grand Crus:
Clos.St-Denis
Bonnes Mares
Clos de la Roche
Clos des Lambrays
Clos de Tart

Premier Crus:
Les Ruchots
La Bussière
La Faconnières

Chambolle Musigny
Grand Crus:
Musigny
Bonnes Mares

Premiers Crus:
Les Amoureuses
Les Beaux-Bruns
Les Cras
Les Fuées
Les Véroilles

Vougeot
Grand Cru:
Clos du Vougeot

Vosne Romanée
Grand Crus:
Romanée-Conti
La Tâche
Richebourg
Romanée Saint-Vivant
Romanée
La Grande Rue

Premiers Crus:
Aux Raignots
Les Chaumes
Les Suchots
Aux Brûlées
Les Beaux Monts
Combe Brûlée

Flagey-Echézeaux (sold under name of Vosne Romanée)
Grands Crus:
Echézeaux
Grands-Echézeaux

Nuits St Georges
Premier Crus:
Les Cailles
Les Vaucrains
Les St Georges
Aux Murgers
Aux Boudots

Savigny-les-Beaune
Premier Crus:
Les Lavières
Aux Vergelesses
Les Narbantons
Les Grands Liards
Les Perrières
Les Fourneux

Beaune
Premiers Crus:
Clos des Mouches
Les Greves
Les Perrières
Clos du Roi
Les Cras
Les Bressandes

Pommard
Premiers Crus:
Les Epenots
Les Jarollières
Les Fremiers
Les Charmots
Les Combes
Les Pézerolles

Volnay
Premier Crus:
Champans
Les Caillerets
Les Angles
Clos des Chênes
Clos de la Pousse d'Or
Les Pluchots
La Gigotte