Burgundy Region Wine Tasting: Chardonnay & Pinot Noir

Bottles of White and Red Burgundy wine lined up next to each other.
Photo by: Timur Konev

What better way to explore the Burgundy wine region in France, than by tasting the wine they produce?! This region is where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir originate. Burgundy produces world-class wine from top-notch Grand Cru classified wines down to their everyday Regionally classified wines.

We’ll explore Chardonnay produced across the different regions in Burgundy. By tasting them side-by-side, we’ll experience their similarities and differences. Then we’ll do the same with Pinot Noir.

Map of France with inset of the Burgundy Region.

To find out more about this region, hop over to this post: Exploring the Burgundy Wine Region. It’s a simple exploration of the region from understanding their wine classifications and how to read their wine labels to some simple tips for enjoying their wine. Then head on back here and set up the wine tasting!

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Tasting Chardonnay from Burgundy

This line up takes you through the 4 regions that produce White Burgundy (aka Chardonnay or Bourgogne Blanc). They are listed in geographical order from North to South. It includes wine from 3 of the 4 classifications: Premier Cru, Village, and Regional with an option to go for the granddaddy of them all -- Grand Cru.

For the budget-conscious among us (that’s usually me), stick with selection #1 Chablis and selection #4 Mâconnais – Pouilly-Fuissé. Chablis, from the coolest part of the region, and Pouilly-Fuissé, from the warmest, will give you a nice comparison of crisp and mineral to rich and fruity. Another benefit is accessibility, as you’ll be able to easily find them in restaurants and wine shops.

1) Chablis

William Fevre Chablis Champs Royaux 2018, $27

Rated 90 by Wine Spectator