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Discovering Burgundy

Paraphrasing the philosophy of Shrek: ‘Burgundy is like an onion’. Not because (as Donkey suggests) it stinks or makes you cry – though neither of these things can be discounted – but because Burgundy has layers! So many layers in fact that no-one can tell you everything…

On the macro level it’s about knowing that the Burgundy region can be found at roughly 3 o’clock on a map of France and is predominantly about white wine made from chardonnay and red wine made from pinot noir.

On a micro-level it’s about subtle changes in the vineyard orientation, soil-depth or the fact that the higher part of the slope might be a little more exposed to the wind etc. The links below will take you some of the way down some of the roads but I’ll leave the considered criticism of Shrek’s philosophy to Donkey:

DONKEY: “Oh, Burgundy and onions both have layers. Oh. [Sniffs] You know, not everybody likes onions. Cake! Everybody loves cakes! Cakes have layers…”

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