Wine 101: How to Read a Burgundian Wine Label

Do you know the difference between a Bourgogne and a Beaune?

January 20, 2017

By Vancouver Magazine

Famed producer Louis Latour makes hundreds of wines each year and, like most Burgundies, they look almost identical except some are $25 and some are $250. Here’s how to tell the good from the divine.

Bourgogne Pinot Noir

The most generic, cheapest offering. Simply means the grapes can come from any part of Burgundy.


One step up. You now have grapes that come from the identifiable, if large, region of Beaune.

Côte de Beaune Villages

Now the grapes come exclusively from the 16 communes in the Côte de Beaune.

Aloxe-Corton Domaine Latour

Here the grapes are coming solely from one village, the well-regarded Aloxe-Corton.

Aloxe-Corton 1ER Cru “Les Chaillots”

From a particular vineyard in Aloxe-Corton, the Premier Cru planting of “Les Chaillots.”

Corton Grand Cru “Clos du Roi”

From an even more highly regarded vineyard in Aloxe-Corton, the Grand Cru “Clos du Roi.”

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