White & Red Burgundy
Burgundy is home to four grape varietals: pinot noir, chardonnay, gamay, and aligoté. That said, the majority of red wine from Burgundy is pinot noir, and the majority of white is 100% chardonnay. There are exceptions, of course. The red wines of Beaujolais, for instance, are 100% gamay.
Wine connoisseurs revere Burgundy for its limestone- and clay-rich soil and continental climate, which interact with topography and vine conditions to comprise the region’s unique terroir. Terroir is a French concept that refers to the sense of place that manifests in wine. Fans also tend to appreciate that winemakers in Burgundy have a history of favoring earthiness and minerality in their wines. New World wines are comparatively much more fruit forward.