Burgundy AOC Simplified
|Burgundy AOC Simplified Pyramid by ©LeDomduVin 2019|
Recently, during a discussion about wine with a few people, wine amateurs, while sipping rosé under bright sunshine (a rare thing in Hong Kong), a person told me: "I love Pinot Noir, but they don't make Pinot Noir in France..., do they?"
I was surprised and it almost broke my heart to hear that, but I didn't judge and kept my cool and ask her a simple question: "Did you ever drink red wine from Burgundy?"
"Yes," she said, and added, "I like them very much".
"Well, the red wines from Burgundy are made with Pinot Noir, that's surely why you like them" I answered
"...but Pinot Noir is not written on the label, that's why I never realized they were made with Pinot Noir." she replied.
And that was the moment, I realized that they are tones of people out there that still have difficulties to read and understand French wine's labels, and more especially which grapes they have have been made with.
You see, back 20-25 years ago, the French were very sarcastic about the fact that most new world wines stated the grape variety on the label (e.g. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc...) for easier recognition of the type of wine, and to a certain extent the taste of the wine too. And, although I admit that in regions where various varieties are blended together (e.g. Bordeaux, Rhone Valley and Languedoc-Roussillon) it would be difficult to do, in other regions where only one grape variety goes into the wine, it could have been a good idea. Even if not on the front label, at least on the back label (which is now more often the case that it used to be back then).
And 25 years later, I'm realizing that the topic is still of actuality, like some people, even if somewhat knowledgeable and more than occasional drinkers, still don't know apparently.
So, regarding Burgundy, I told her that although it is a complex and complicated region to understand, I will try to explain to her in a very simple manner via some illustrations (drawings, shapes, graphs, pyramids, processes, cycles, and other visuals) for her (and others) to better understand. And that is what prompts me to write this post.
💥 Work in progress, to be finished soon💥
LeDomduVin (a.k.a. Dominique Noël)