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Beaune is one of the great cities in Burgundy and its so-called heartbeat. Beaune is such a lovely city and has nary changed over the past 200 years. The biggest negociant firms in all of Burgundy call it home. Joseph Drouhin, Bouchard Pere & Fils plus the great Louis Jadot all hang their hats in Beaune. These negociant houses will sell wines up and down the Cote d'Or but there are vineyards that surround Beaune's three sides that produce sometimes very high quality wine. These wines in general are very undervalued. No Grand Crus in Beaune but there are many 1er Cru vineyards. In fact 3/4th of the vineyards are 1er Cru. Some of the best vineyards are Les Bressandes, Les Marconnets & Les Teurons amongst others. There are a smal number of Beaune specialists like Albert Morot, but the lion's share of Beaune 1er Crus are made by the large negociant firms Louis Jadot, Bouchard Pere & Fils and Joseph Drouhin.It's interesting that Jadot, Drouhin and Bouchard bottle many wines over a wide variety of appellations and heavily promote them (especially the Grand Crus). This has led to the undervaluing of these fantastic wines that surround all three of their headquarters. The wines, at their best, have a soft style with floral aromas and wild berry and cherry fruits. They can age for a lot longer than you think. The Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches, which is a 1er Cru monopole, is surprisingly long-lasting. White Beaune is very rare but can be lovely and almost pass for Chassagne-Montrachet. Typically the wines retail between $30 and $90 with most averaging around $50 a bottle. 

Notable Recent Vintages: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2002, 1999, 1996, 1993, 1991, 1990

Top producers of Beaune (in no particular order) include:
  • Bouchard Pere & Fils
  • Louis Jadot
  • Albert Morot
  • Domaine de la Vougeraie
  • Domaine de Montille
  • Domaine Lafarge
  • Château de Chorey/ Domaine Jacques Germain
  • Domaine Roland Rapet
  • Domaine de la Vougeraie
  • Domaine d'Ardhuy
  • Domaine de Bellene
  • Domaine des Croix
  • Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard
  • Domaine Jean-Marc Morey (killer and rare white Beaune 1er Cru "Greves")
  • Domaine Pierre et François Labet

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