The Burgundy region lies a couple of hundred miles east and north of Bordeaux. It covers a large area, the vineyards running in a long, thin line from Auxerre in the north to Lyon in the south. The climate is continental, with cold winters, hot summers but plenty of rain. It is easiest to think of Burgundy in terms of its distinct regions. Running from north to south, these are: Chablis by far the most northerly of Burgundy's regions, known exclusively for dry white wines. The Côte de Nuits home of the great red Burgundies. Some white is produced too, but the reds are the region's glory. The Côte de Beaune known for both red and white wines, but the greatest white Burgundies (other than Chablis) are from here. The Côte Chalonnaise generally regarded as a lesser district. It still produces some extremely fine wines, both red and white. The Mâconnais is the southern limit of Burgundy. Wines tend to be cheaper and made for drinking young but can be excellent value. Beaujolais is quite a bit further south. Though not part of Burgundy, it is usually included when we talk about the region.
The finest red and white wines of Burgundy set the standard for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. At their best, Burgundy wines are the world's most aromatically complex, silky, and seductive wines, thanks to their ineffable combination of fruits, flowers, minerals, and earth, and their ability to project flavor authority without excess weight. But first-rate Burgundies are produced in limited quantities. Burgundy is