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The top 10 Facts & Figures about the Burgundy wine region

69.190 acres of vines

Burgundy represents 69,190 acres of vines with 84 appellations, divided into four classifications: Regional, Village, 1er Cru and Grand Cru.

33 Grands Crus

There are 33 Grands Crus in Burgundy, the majority of which are in Côte de Nuits:
♦ Chablis ♦ Chambertin ♦ Chambertin-clos de Bèze ♦ Charmes-Chambertin ♦ Mazoyères-Chambertin ♦ Chapelle-Chambertin ♦ Griottes-Chambertin ♦ Latricières-Chambertin ♦ Mazis-Chambertin ♦ Ruchottes-Chambertin ♦ Bonnes Mares ♦ Clos de la Roche ♦ Clos de Tart ♦ Clos des Lambrays ♦ Clos St Denis ♦ Musigny ♦ Clos de Vougeot ♦ Romanée-Conti ♦ La Romanée ♦ La Tache ♦ Richebourg ♦ La Grande Rue ♦ Romanée-St-Vivant ♦ Echezeaux ♦ Grands Echezeaux ♦ Corton ♦ Corton-Charlemagne ♦ Corton ♦ Montrachet ♦ Chevalier-Montrachet ♦ Batard-Montrachet ♦ Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet ♦ Criots-Batard-Montrachet

Most renowned grape is the Pinot Noir

Any self-respecting Burgundy wine lover knows that most Burgundy red wines are made from Pinot Noir. But for a long time, Gamay was the most planted grape in Burgundy until Duke Philip of Burgundy, nicknamed "Philippe Le Hardi", gets involved. Anxious to restore the coat of arms to Burgundy wines, the duke wrote an edict in 1395 ordering the removal of the Gamay vines in favor of Pinot Noir, a grape variety much less known to the general public at the time and capable of producing more complex wines.

But, despite the ban, the inhabitants of Burgundy hung onto to Gamay, which reappeared gradually in the vineyards. This continued until 1935, when Burgundy obtained the label of Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) and when the territories are completely reorganized. The Gamay was then transferred to its neighboring wine region of Beaujolais and officially replaced by Pinot Noir.

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Hospices de Beaune

Every year, professionals in the wine world, as well as wine lovers, gather in Burgundy to witness what has become, in the space of more than 155 years, one of the most important events in the world of wine: the Hospices de Beaune. This large annual auction offers wines from the AOC Côte de Beaune, produced in vineyards owned by a hospital whose construction dates back to.... 1443!

At the time the Chancellor to the Duke of Burgundy, Nicolas Rolin, decided to build an establishment to house the homeless of Beaune who had no resources, creating the Hospices de Beaune. In addition to its exceptional Gothic architectural style, the establishment owns a vineyard already at the time of its opening. A first in France! The vineyards of the Hospices de Beaune will grow over time, thanks to financial support and vineyard donations.

The 155th auction of the Hospices de Beaune took place in November 2015, with Claire Chazal and Christophe Lambert as honorary presidents. It generated the sum of 10,156,644€. This profit was donated to the hospital, the Institut Curie, and the AVC Foundation. This event occurs every year, on the third weekend of November.

glazed tile roofs

The glazed tile roofs with geometric patterns are an integral part of the Burgundy landscape. These tiles adorn both religious and civil buildings since the splendid time of the Dukes of Burgundy…

The most famous of these buildings is the Hôtel-Dieu of Beaune, built by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of Philippe le Bon. There is also the Hotel de Vogüé in Dijon and the castle of La Rochepot. This type of decoration was allowed to indicate as a symbolic, political or religious message, the social status, even the reputation, of a man or a community.