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Mar 17, 2009 07:59 AM

Dessert Wines from Burgundy

Is there a certain dessert wine attached to the Burgundy region of France?

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    1. re: carswell

      On the contrary, as Vinny Barbaresco has noted, there are several producers of Botrytis-affected Chardonnays in the Mâconnais. In addition to Domaine de la Bongran, Domaine Valette, Guillmont-Michel, Cordier and others have produced Botrytis-affected dessert wines.

      1. re: zin1953

        Beg to differ. I'm aware of the sweet botrytised Chardonnays -- the SAQ stocks Thevenet's Cuveé Botrytis from time to time -- but, as Vinny points out, they are quite rare. Rare enough that they rate hardly a mention, let alone a sidebar, in many wine reference books. If, as I did, you interpret the original poster's query as "is there a sweet wine associated with Burgundy in the way that Sauternes is associated with Bordeaux, SGNs are with Alsace, Coteaux du Layon/Quarts de Chaume are with the Loire, port is with the Douro, Maury is with the Roussillon, even vin de paille is with the Jura, etc., etc., etc.," the answer is no.

    2. You do run into a few late harvest Chardonnays in the Macon region. The most renowned being Jean Thevenet's Domaine de la Bongran "Cuvee Botrytis". The wine is quite rare and very expensive.

      1. If you are looking for something serve, I'd try eithier a Kir or Kir Royale. If you use white burgundy or cremant de bourgogne, with cassis from burgundy; you'd have a good dessert drink.

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        1. re: vanillagorilla

          Of course, kir is normally served as an aperitif.

          1. re: vanillagorilla

            And traditionally made with aligoté

          2. Can I suggest something slightly off topic?

            The Mearsault AOC is producing some great spirits which could match well with desserts, rather than a sweet wine, Jean-Marc Roulot, owner of over 10 Mearsault names, has recently released a pear brandy which is reputed to be stunning.

            Only around 200 cases produced, but if you can get your hands on one it comes highly recommended.

            1. More challenging question: Are there any dessert wines from Burgundy made with Pinot Noir? I don't believe so. There are some very rare botrytised pinot from Germany, and at least one in the US, but I've never heard of any from from the home of pinot.