Burgundy, one of the most famous wine regions in the world with the price tag to match, may seem complicated with it’s 30,000 growers farming over 70,500 acres of vineyards and over 100 different Appellation Contrôlées but key points to remember are that there are 5 main grape growing areas (Chablis, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais), there are only two principal grape varieties: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and 'Terroir' is key. Throughout the region, the principal white grape Chardonnay has differing styles. To the North, the Chablis region produces steely, crisp Chardonnay thanks to its cold winters, warm summers and spring frosts. The chalky, Kimmeridgian soil, similar to that of Champagne, lends Chablis Chardonnay an almost inimitable minerality making it prized throughout the world.
Further South, the slightly warmer Côte de Beaune with its open, rolling vineyards and South Easterly exposure allows for a fruitier, richer Chardonnay. While the often overlooked Mâconnais region offers excellent value for money Chardonnays that present honeysuckle and ripe stone fruit notes.