Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The WSET / ISG Challenge Number Nine: Fall in Love with Burgundy

Burgundy is one of those wine regions many people think they know, but often don’t. I remember a lengthy debate several years ago with a friend who was convinced Burgundy was a grape variety. Many casual wine drinkers still aren’t aware Beaujolais is part of this region.

But one thing’s for sure, getting to know Burgundy is worth the effort. Here come Frank’s two insights for this week.

Which village is in the Côte de Beaune?

1. Pommard

2. Gevrey Chambertin

3. Vosne Romanee

4. Vougeot

Answer: #1

The Côte de Or is divided into two parts: the Côte de Nuits in the north and Côte de Beaune in the south. Geverey Chambertin (which has nine Grand Crus), Vosne Romanee (with eight of the most prestigious Grand Crus), and Vougeot (home of one Grand Cru) are all in the Côte de Nuits. Pommard is in the Côte de Beaune and has no Grand Cru vineyards.

Which Burgundy appellation produces the most wine?

1. Beaujolais

2. Chablis

3. Mâcon Villages

4. Musigny

Answer: #1 (again)

With a total vineyard area of 20,500 hectares, Beaujolais produces by far the most wine of these four - besides the image was just too much fun not to include. Chablis is a distant second with 2,860 hectares. Mâcon Villages, comprised of 26 Villages in the Mâconnais, has only 1,336 hectares. Musigny is a small Grand Cru vineyard in Chambolle-Musigny.

More great information about Burgundy.

FYI: These are actual practice questions from Frank’s WSET and ISG studies. Let us know how you’re enjoying them and using them.

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