Critic Reports/Publications That Focus On Burgundy
Burghound.com Allen Meadows, a.k.a. The Burghound (no known relation, but could be a distant cousin), produces a quarterly report focusing primarily on the Cote d'Or. Meadows is the most important critic writing about Burgundy today.
View From the Cellar Bi-monthly publication by John Gilman. Domaine profiles, vintage reports and critical thinking.
Clive Coates No longer producing his newsletter The Vine, Coates posts on his website devoted to Burgundy..
Websites Devoted to the Wines of Burgundy
Burgundy Report Amazingly, this website by Bill Nanson is free of charge. Great source for infomation regarding the region and its producers.
Burgoholic Jan van Roekal reports on his visits to Burgundy producers that are mostly under the radar.
Burgundy Eye This site supplies general information about the Burgundy region, including the cuurent weather.
Burgundy Wines Informative site run by a trade organization based in Burgundy.
Blogs By Burgheads
Vincent Dancer Chassagne based vigneron Vincent Dancer posts wonderful pictures of the region on his blog.
David Clark Morey-Saint-Denis based vigneron David Clark, who was born in the U.S., provides nsight into the life of a grower.
Alex Gamble An American turned Beaune negociant, Alex Gamble posts regularly about his operation.
Wine Terroirs Bertrand Celce is a professional photographer/writer living in France and he has a great blog. The posts chronicle Bertrand''s visits to domaines and Parisian wine bars.
Books on Burgundy
Bazin, Jean-Francois. Le Montrachet, in the series Le Grand Bernard des Vins de France; Jacques Legrand,Paris, 1988 Terrific book that provides just about everything you could want to know about this great vineyard.
Coates, Clive. Cote d'Or, A Celebration pf the Great Wines of Burgundy; Weinden and Nicolson, London, and University of California Press, Berkeley, 1997 Coates' first edition is still a great source, espcially for the great domaine profiles.
Coates, Clive. The Wines of Burgundy, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2008 The domaine profiles have been eliminiated, but a section on Chablis has been added. The great maps are also new.
Freud, Eunice. Burgundy, the Country, the Wines, the People; Harper and Row, New York, 1986. Intimate look at Becky Wasserman and the producers she works with. The book gives a firsthand portrait of the growers, including a young Dominique Lafon.
Hanson, Anthony.Burgundy, in the series Mitchell Beazley Classic Wine Library; Mitchell Beazley, Great Britain, 2004. Part One of this book provides a great overview and history of Burgundy. A little outdated, but still a good source.
Kramer, Matt. Making Sense of Burgundy; William Morrow & Company, Inc. New York, NY, 1990 Although outdated, this book offers an incredible breakdown of the vineyard ownership.
Lynch, Kermit. Adventures on the Wine Route; Farrer, Strauss and Giroux, New York, 1998. One of the most enjoyable books to read that centers around wine. Kermit Lynch, a legendary importer, tells stories that are both amusing and insightful. A timeless classic.
Olney, Richard.Romanee-Conti; Flammarion, Paris, 1991 A little dry and boring, but it certainly provides an in-depth look at this most important vineyard.
Norman, Remington and Charles Taylor, The Great Domaines of Burgundy, Sterling Publishing Co., New York, 2010 Although reading this book front to back can be tedious, it is a valuable resource. The domaine profiles tend to blur together, but there is a lot of information on estates that are not often written about in detail. Norman wrote the previous editions, but Taylor, an Master of Wine, did the bulk of the work on this one. The best part are the sections towards the rear of the book that deal with the topics such as wine making, the use of wood, and vintages.
Recommended Restaurants in Burgundy
Le Bistro de L'Hôtel, place Carnot à Beaune, Beaune Tel.: +33 (0)3 80 25 94 14 / Fax: +33 (0)3 80 25 94 13 Very classy restaurant that serves sophisticated food. The wine list, which offers older vintages, is of one the best in Beaune.
Charlemagne, Road des Vergelesses, Pernand Vergelesses Tel.: +33 (0)2 80 21 51 45 / Fax: +33 (0)3 80 21 58 52 High quality, Asian influenced cuisine in a great setting. The restaurant sits amongst vines at the base of En Charlemagne.
Le Chassagne, Chassagne-Montrachet Tel.: +33 (0)3 80 21 94 94 / Fax: +33 (0)3 80 21 97 77 Upscale and charming. The wine list is excellent and the food is even better. Great spot for Sunday lunch.
Ma Cuisine, passage Ste-Helune, Beaune Tel.: +33 (0)3 80 22 30 22 / Fax: +33 (0)3 80 24 99 79 Terrific bistro that is usually packed with members of the wine industry. Ma Cuisine is a great place to try a wine from Coche-Dury at a reasonable price. The owner is friends with Monsieur Coche.
Recommended Hotels in Burgundy
Hotel Le Cep, 27 Rue Jean François Maufoux, Beaune Tel.: +33 (0)3 80 22 35 48 / Fax: +33 (0) 3 80 22 76 80 Beaune's classic, upscale hotel. The decor is luxurious and the staff attentive. Located in the center of Beaune, just inside the road that circles the town.
Hotel Le Clos, Montagny-les-Beaune Tel.: +33 (0)3 80 25 97 98 / Fax: +33 (0) 03 80 25 94 70 A beautifully restored country manor house located just south of Beaune. Only a five minute drive from the heart of the town. Spacious rooms and excellent service. Several cuvees from Sauzet were available by the glass at the hotel bar when I stayed here.
La Cote Rotie, 22 Rue de la Montagne, Morey St Denis Tel.: +33 (0)3 80 34 01 90 Modest hotel located on the hill overlooking Morey-Saint-Denis. Many of the rooms have great views of the vineyards, including the grand cru Clos des Lamabrays.