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Burgundy

The Burgundy region lies a few hundred miles east and north of Bordeaux. It covers a large area, the vineyards running in a long, thin line from Auxerre in the north to Lyon in the south. The climate is continental, with cold winters, hot summers but plenty of rain. It is easiest to think of Burgundy in terms of its distinct regions: Chablis, the Côte d'Or (divided in the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune), the Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais and Beaujolais. Pinot Noir grape dominates the region's red wine particularly in the Cote d'Or where 90% of the production is red wine; while the Gamay grape is grown in Beaujolais. Chardonnay is the most common white grape grown and is the focus of growers in Chablis.