Many enophiles consider the geography of Burgundy's Côte d'Or district to be a puzzle that requires extensive study to master. Now, Burgundy firm Maison Louis Jadot and its American parent company, Kobrand Corporation, have literally made it a puzzle, with their new 700-piece jigsaw puzzle of the area's 20,000 acres of vineyards.
In the 1300s, monks delimited and named the vineyards of Burgundy, assigning either Pinot Noir or Chardonnay to be grown within designated areas. Today, the French government's appellation d'origine contrôlée laws determine which of the vineyards in the Côte d'Or are ranked as grands crus or premiers crus and which simply carry a village appellation.
Remembering and combining all of this information can be quite a challenge -- particularly for those who don't speak French. But the puzzle provides an easy, fun way for beginners to start understanding Burgundy or for those already familiar with the area's geography to confirm the details. Fitting the puzzle pieces together allows you to integrate all of the elements of the appellation system, almost without even realizing it. As you search for the correct pieces that list the vineyards of Vosne-Romanée, the names slowly become imprinted on your mind. The puzzle is a great way to keep the hands of any wine lover busy, second only to swirling the wine in their glass.
When complete, the four-color puzzle is 12 by 36 inches. A full-size color poster of the finished puzzle comes along with it to aid the jigsaw solver. The package is priced at $18, with $2 from each puzzle sold being donated to Share Our Strength, a Washington D.C.-based charity that mobilizes a wide range of industries to combat hunger and poverty.
To purchase the puzzle, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive payment and mailing instructions.