White Burgundy vs White Bordeaux
…the two iconic regions!

France not only has excellent vineyards, but it also defines and classifies them in more detail than any other country. It is prominent for its remarkable wine production and culture.

Main differences between Bordeaux and Burgundy?

Bordeaux originated from Southwestern France, whereas Burgundy’s origin is from Eastern France.

Bordeaux is famous for wine blends, whereas Burgundy is well known for single-varietal wines.

Bordeaux region has high humidity levels and varying weather conditions, whereas the Burgundy region has cold winters and relatively short summers.

Bordeaux has high to medium tannins, whereas Burgundy has tannin levels ranging from low to medium.

Characteristics of Bordeaux

While Bordeaux is legendary for its reds, it is also a noteworthy producer of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Sauvignon Gris. The young white wine has the complex aroma of citrus, flowers, vanilla, while the vintage ones have notes of butterscotch, minerals, spice, and freshly cut lawn grass, and have the ability to continue evolving for 30 years even longer from top producers.

Characteristics of Burgundy

Burgundy mostly uses the chardonnay grape variety in white wine production. The young wines have notes of apple, peach, lemon, or grapefruit, but as it ages, it becomes more complex and starts to have almond, apricot, walnut, or orange peel flavours. Contrarily, barrel-aged wines have hazelnut tones, and hints of pepper, vanilla, and cinnamon will become more prominent as it ages more.

Which is better, Bordeaux or Burgundy?

Both of these French regions are famous for producing excellent wines. Burgundy is more well-rounded, while Bordeaux sets exceptionally high standards for its favourite blends. So, the better one of the two all depends on your personal preference.

Which is cheaper, Bordeaux or Burgundy?

Bordeaux wines cost less than Burgundy wines because of their insatiable demand due to low production, explaining the wines limited supply or availability. Furthermore, the cost of production is also higher in Burgundy.

Top rated Bordeaux?

The undisputed king is Chateau Haut Brion Blanc, produced in Pessac just outside the city of Bordeaux, and rated as a Premier Grand Cru Classé (first growth). It can compete with any of the world’s best white wines. It combines intensity of flavour with rich textures, concentration, complexity and has the ability to age for decades. Average Price: €850.

Top rated Burgundy?

Montrachet Grand Cru from Domaine Leflavie in Puligny-Montrachet is one of most important and famous wine producers in Côte de Beaune. This elegant oaked grand cru wine is dry and acidic with distinctive citrus fruit aromas accompanied by caramel and oaky notes. Average price: €10,275.

Perfect Food Matches

White Burgundy wines have flavour intensity that lies somewhere in the middle, so it’s best to pair them with light-flavoured meals. On the other-hand Bordeaux white wines are quite versatile and can work harmoniously with different food combinations; all sorts of white fish and buttery dishes. Seafood, in general, is an excellent match, as long as you avoid highly acidic flavours such as lemon and vinegar.

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