A Trip To Burgundy
Discover Burgundy and what contributes to making it so legendary.
Burgundy is a land of mystery and intricacy. Located south of Paris, it's one of the world's most mysterious and complicated wine regions, often conjuring images of exclusivity that cloak what really goes on inside its borders.
Some of the globe’s most revered and seductive wines hail from this region, where a humble and warm community that's deeply passionate about its terroir produces much of the globe's most highly sought-after and prized Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Lovingly curated by Xavier Vigier, Head Sommelier at the famed Ten Minutes By Tractor winery in the Mornington Peninsula, our journey through this famed region offers a unique opportunity to discover producers and wines that contribute to making it so special. Take a Trip to Burgundy, and explore its might and majesty through the lens of rising stars and established icons.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Famed for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Burgundy offers a signature balance of freshness, brightness, and concentration in its wines, thanks to 200-million-year-old limestone and marl fossils packed into the soil.
- Located within east-central France, Burgundy’s wine landscape is split into five key sub-regions: Chablis, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, and Mâconnais.
- Each Burgundian wine is uniquely reflective of the terroir where the grapes are grown — which means the only way to understand the region's wines is to actually taste the nuances and intricacies for yourself.
WHAT YOU’LL RECEIVE
- Six standout Burgundian wines — one sparkling, two white, and three red. Lovingly curated by an expert French sommelier and valued at $344.
- An opportunity to explore some of the world’s most sought-after wine styles, risk-free, and restaurant-quality. All delivered in custom gift box experience.
- Elegant expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from esteemed organic producers — and an insight into what makes Burgundy’s sub-regions unique and exciting.
Let’s meet the passionate producers and their exceptional wines that contribute to making Burgundy a legendary wine region. Here’s where we’re headed:
Pierrick Laroche (Domaine des Hâtes) Chablis AC 2019
We commence our Journey in Chablis, the spiritual home of Chardonnay. World-famous for the purity and minerality of its wines, Chablis perches atop the same soil that produces Champagne — the chalky, warmth-retaining Kimmeridgian limestone that brings forth exceptionally crisp, defined wines.
Here in Chablis’ pastoral expanse, tucked away in the village of Maligny, we come upon Domaine des Hâtes — a 25-hectare estate tended by Pierrick Laroche, a viticultural pioneer who transformed the domaine from co-op supplier to award-winning sustainable producer. At his innovative gravity-fed winery, built right into the side of a hill, Pierrick crafts Petit Chablis, Chablis, and Premier Cru in his signature bright, crisp, vibrant fashion.
Domaine Collotte Crémant de Bourgogne NV
The northern piece of the famed Côte d’Or, Côte de Nuits hosts some of the world’s most expensive vineyards and is widely regarded as producing the best red wines in Burgundy. Eighty percent of its production is Pinot Noir, and much of the most renowned examples hail from Marsannay, where we find the fourth-generation Collotte winemaking family.
The project of Philippe Collotte and his daughter Isabelle, Domaine Collotte originated in 1981, when the then-16-year-old patriarch released the first bottle under the family moniker. Today, the estate organically farms 17 hectares of ancient Burgundian limestone soil, producing fiercely elegant expressions of the esteemed Côte de Nuits.
Domaine Edmond Cornu et Fils Bourgogne Rouge “Les Barrigards” 2017
In the northern stretch of the Côte de Beaune and the north-eastern piece of the world-famous Montagne de Corton hill, the village of Ladoix hosts Domaine Edmond Cornu et Fils, where namesake and patriarch Edmond works alongside his son Pierre to cultivate 15 hectares of some of the finest fruit in Burgundy.
Established by the Cornu family in 1875, the domaine operated as a négociant supplier until Edmond took the reins in the 1950s, transforming it into a paragon of sustainability and turning the Cornu name into one of the most sought-after in the region. Domaine Edmond Cornu’s are wines of rare purity and elegance, vividly reflective of the globally acclaimed terroir from whence they come.
Domaine Didier Montchovet Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune 2018
The Hautes-Côtes de Beaune appellation lies in the west of its Côte de Beaune parent, vines draped across sun-drenched limestone slopes where tiny villages burst from the hillsides like jewels. One of these villages is the 12th-century monk hamlet of Bouze-lès-Beaune, the present-day home of Burgundy’s second-ever biodynamic winery.
One of the region’s first winemakers to be Demeter-certified, Didier Montchovet is the epitome of a hidden gem. Widely considered to be a forefather of Burgundian biodynamics, he’s been largely overshadowed by later adopters like Lalou Bize-Leroy, who in fact first observed the sustainable system at Montchovet’s vineyards. Montchovet’s wines, though, are a testament to his prowess — fresh, complex, personable, and full of verve.
Domaine Rougeot Père et Fils “Les Verchèrres” AOC Passetoutgrain 2020
The southern slice of the Côte d’Or, Côte de Beaune produces Burgundy’s most prized white wines. Named for the commerce hub of Beaune, it’s also acclaimed for its pristine reds — much of which come from the medieval commune of Meursault, where Domaine Rougeot Père et Fils makes a happy home.
Minimal-intervention, low-sulfur wines steal the show here, all exquisitely crafted by Pierre-Henri Rougeot and aged in the cool and quiet of an 18th-century stone cellar. Domaine Rougeout adheres to organic and biodynamic viticultural techniques across their 13 hectares, from which arise superbly energetic styles including the unique Passetoutgrain (a blend of at least 30% Pinot Noir and a minimum of 15% Gamay), which takes the form of 70-30 Gamay-Pinot Noir in the Les Verchèrres.
Verget Mâcon-Villages ‘Terre de Pierres’ 2020
At Burgundy’s southern edge, the stone-studded hills and shadowed valleys of Mâconnais bask in balmy temperatures that help to create the particular Burgundian style that the sub-region (and its renowned Pouilly-Fuissé area) is known for: rounder, structured Chardonnay buoyed by heady honeysuckle aromatics and ripe twists of stonefruit, citrus, and herbs.
Deep within these hills, Mâcon maestro (and highly respected Domaine Guffens-Heynen proprietor) Jean-Marie Guffens runs Verget, where he’s proving year-in and year-out that négociant wine (crafted from grapes sourced from other vineyards) can be just as brilliantly reflective of terroir as that from a domaine. These are wines marked by unparalleled precision and clarity — true icons of Burgundy, just like their inimitable creator.
Discover the beauty, warmth, and community that truly encapsulates the legendary Burgundy — through the signature red and white styles crafted in the five sub-regions of one of the world’s most celebrated wine regions.
A Trip to Burgundy opens an expertly curated door into what’s often seen as a highly exclusive region — and all for incredible value rarely seen elsewhere.
- Explore the coveted wines of Burgundy
- For lovers of refined wines - red and white
- Exclusive wines, usually reserved for restaurants
What's included in my Journey?
An expertly curated wine adventure-in-a-box. Complete with six wines, maker and destination notes (in the form of post cards), with knowledge tapped straight from the locals — that helps you explore and discover the world’s most exciting and renowned wine regions. You'll be drinking like a local in no time.
“The diversity of the land, the wines it produces, and — most importantly — the stories of the people who’ve made this region so special is what draws me to Burgundy.
The wines, both red and white, display a beautiful balance between freshness and concentration, as well as aromatic brightness intertwined with savoury notes — the classic characteristics we’re all looking for in a glass of Burgundy. "