Who doesn’t salivate at the mention of French wine? Add in Burgundy and we’re practically drooling.
Before we tell you where to go to drink Burgundy wine, lets give you the Burgundy 101:
The Burgundy wine area of France is quite close to Paris, where the associated wines usually encompass Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals. But a rich and long history going back to Roman times has allowed the winemakers of Burgundy to maximise the Terroir (soil) of their region and their AOC (a French certification) framework to display differences among the white and red varieties to great effect.
When it comes to whites, there’s plenty of range, with bouquets from aromas of summer flowers through to spice and pepper. The whites can be minerally to super smooth and buttery, but it’s the pinot noir that’s regarded as the pinnacle of this area. If you get to try a Grand Crus, it’s your lucky, lucky day. They’ll set you back thousands of Euros, but luckily for the rest of us, the strict AOC classification means you can enjoy plenty of Pinots with a more reasonable price tag. These Pinots are typically a ruby red colour, soft in aroma and ready to drink now, with a silky finish.
And most importantly, where to drink Burgundy wine:
France Soir, South Yarra: settle in at this Toorak Rd institution that’s been serving classic French food and wine for 32 years.
Philippe Restaurant, CBD: Chef Philippe Mouchel has quite the reputation for high end dining in Melbourne and you won’t be disappointed at his self-namesake venue. Save room for the cheese trolley.
L’Hotel Gitan, Prahran: the Raymond family take pub dining to Paris and back.
Restaurant Hubert, CBD: descend into the moody basement of Hubert and you won’t want to come out again.
Felix, CBD: this Merivale venue has a cult like following for its steak tartare.
Bistro Moncur, Woollahra: an Eastern suburbs institution perfect for dinner for two.
Drop in to these retailers and enjoy that experience of picking a bottle or two to enjoy.