Wealth of aromas
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An infinite palette of aromas

Bourgogne wines have exceptional subtlety and distinction. The diversity of their aromas allows them to dazzle the most refined palates with their elegance.
From hints of fresh fruit to notes of undergrowth, taking in floral odors on the way, discover fragrances that are both delicate yet intense.

To go further in tasting

Go back to school for the pleasure of discovering the art of tasting in a convivial atmosphere.
The Ecole des Vins de Bourgogne, which has more than 30 years’ experience, is run by passionate specialists who will share their fine appreciation of Bourgogne wines with you.
Thanks to its various formulas (from ½ day to five days), you can chose the right course for you for initiation or improvement of your tasting skills.
Extras include numerous guided tastings, cellar visits and reading the landscape in the vineyards.

What is an aroma?

® BIVB / IMAGE & ASSOCIES The aromas of the floral family

An aroma is to be found where the senses of taste and smell meet. When you taste a Bourgogne wine, the aromas stimulate your senses by what is known as “retronasal olfaction”: after catching your eye, then tantalizing your nose, the wine next caresses the rear of your palate.
The aromas then take on a fresh dimension, developing subtle and varied notes that might recall fresh fruits, minerality, or spices.

The aromas tell of a wine’s history, from the vine to the cellar, where it has aged peacefully. We can, then, distinguish three types of aroma:

  • Primary aromas, or varietal aromas, come directly from the characteristics of the grape variety (e.g., honeysuckle, green apple, blackcurrant, etc.)
  • Secondary aromas are produced during fermentation, when the sugar is turned into alcohol (e.g., butter, brioche, etc.)
  • The tertiary aromas are produced in reaction with air during ageing (e.g., spices, coffee, leather, hazelnut, vanilla, etc.)
 

Journey through the family of aromas of Bourgogne wines

Red fruits

 

Their extreme aromatic depth is one of the special delights of Bourgogne wines. 

To guide you in tasting, it can be helpful to think in terms of several main families of aroma.

 

Group of aromas

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