The region of Burgundy is famous throughout the world for producing some rather outstanding wine. If you enjoy a drop of Chablis, Maçon or Côte d’Or then you’re no doubt familiar with some of the names from this region.
Burgundy wines have four classifications. At the very top level are the 33 vineyards privileged to call their wines ‘Grand Cru’ – these wines are known as being the best of the region. The next tier of vineyards produce ‘Premier Cru’. There are around 585 of these vineyards in Burgundy. One easy way to tell the difference on a bottle of wine as to whether it is Grand Cru or Premier Cru is by looking at the label. For a Grand Cru, the label will simply state the name of the vineyard, whereas a Premier Cru will have the vineyard name plus the name of the village. The following two tiers are the ‘Communal Appellations’ and ‘Regional and District Appellations.’ These two tiers make up 77% of the total wine production of Burgundy.Details