Reading a Burgundy Label

Before I had @VinoVanny on Instagram, I shared (and still do) tidbits of my life on a different account. I was looking for wine photos and came across this one I shared while I was studying for my WSET 2 exam, because you know, it’s only appropriate to have some wine when you’re studying it.

Red Burgundy is Pinot Noir

The act of taking the photo and sharing it helped me remember that Red Burgundy = Pinot Noir. When I saw this photo again, I kind of freaked for a moment. I had finished reading the Burgundy chapter and couldn’t tell you immediately what the label is all about except that it’s a Pinot Noir from the Burgundy region of France. As much as I wanted to put my books down and delay this post, I remembered how badly I want to ace this exam. As I’m writing, I’m glad I didn’t.

Now, back to the label. It’s actually pretty easy. Maybe it’s the fancy cursive font that threw me off for that split second.

First let’s talk about “Appellation Bourgogne Controlee.” This indicates the broadest in the hierarchy of regional appellations, Bourgogne (aka Burgundy) and made from grapes grown anywhere in Burgundy. 

Side note, Pinot Noir is the only red grape in Burgundy of major importance while Chardonnay is the only white. Burgundy is located in eastern France where you find the Saone River. The area enjoys a continental climate (short dry hot summers and long cold winters). If you look at a map, Switzerland is directly east of the area.

Second, from “Louis Latour mis en bouteille a Beaune Par Louis Latour négociant-éléveur…,” we can determine Louis Latour makes the wine in Beaune in Cote D’Or in France.

There you go! That wasn’t bad at all! I’m basically doing this half asleep. Gotta catch some ZZZ’s now. Packed Saturday ahead!

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