Burgundy is good at names, which in wine are rather magnificently called ‘appellations’. Burgundy has 22 regional, 53 communal, 585 Premier cru, and 32 Grand cru appellations. In Genesis, Adam named every animal and plant because naming, defining and dominion go hand in hand. Burgundy has dominion in the world of wine.

The great wines of Burgundy have become an international obsession because so little is produced. Consequently, land in the appellations has become very expensive. Wine is a form of artisanal agriculture that makes serious money. Since the Grand cru wines are priced out of reach ...


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