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Class 5: Old World Model: France




Made from Pinot Noir and Gamay grown within Burgundy's regional boundary, reds labeled "Bourgogne" tend to be straightforward, with strawberry and cherry flavors.

The whites labeled "Bourgogne" are made from Chardonnay and the regionally popular Aligoté. They are crisply acidic and likewise straightforward, quaffable wines.



This region's northern latitude makes it impossible for red grapes to ripen, but it produces crisp, dry Chardonnays with mineral and fruit aromas and flavors.

Thanks to their high acidity, these wines are often described as "steely."


Côte de Nuits [northern part of the Côte d'Or]

Although some whites are produced here, the Côte de Nuits specializes in reds.

Made exclusively from Pinot Noir, the red wines offer flavors of berries, cherries and earth. They are among the most...

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