Category: Burgundy Wine

Burgundy’s grapes: Chardonnay

Across the world, Chardonnay may be considered a divisive “Marmite” grape, but in Burgundy, it reigns supreme. For anyone starting their Burgundy adventure, the region’s sheer complexity can be daunting. Thankfully, there’s at least one aspect which is really quite simple: the grape varieties. All the great wines of Burgundy are produced from either Chardonnay or Pinot […]

A guide to Crémant

There’s more to Crémant than cheap fizz. In the right hands, it’s a wine of incredible depth and diversity argues Barbara Drew MW. Crémant – France’s “other” sparkling wine – is often described as the alternative to Champagne. But it’s a huge category in its own right. Every year, more than 100 million bottles are […]

Burgundy under the radar

The Côte d’Or is home to some of the most famous wines and vineyards in the world. In a vintage as brilliant as 2019, Adam Bruntlett – our Burgundy Buyer – recommends looking beyond the familiar to find a wealth of fabulous under-the-radar red and white Burgundy. Burgundy’s Côte d’Or has a sterling reputation for […]

A spotlight on Olivier Merlin

Olivier Merlin – the man behind our Own Selection Pouilly-Fuissé – has played a pivotal role in transforming the reputation of Mâconnais wines.   The last few decades have seen the Mâconnais shake off its reputation for simple, inexpensive wines to become one of Burgundy’s most dynamic regions. Husband-and-wife team Olivier and Corinne Merlin have been at the heart of its exciting transformation.   Today, Olivier and Corinne work with a range of terroirs across the area, from Pouilly-Fuissé – where our Own Selection wine comes […]