In Burgundy, the concept of terroir is both essential and elusive. A host of other variables – winemaker, vintage, barrel type, bottle age, etc – often conspire to hide the power of terroir. The only way to experience this magical property fully in isolation, with all other variables held unchanged.
This is standard during our tastings in Burgundy, where we see an entire lineup of wines from a single vintage at a single domaine – but it’s far less common back home. So for readers with the Burgundy bug, we’ve collected a half-case of wines to showcase terroir. Everything about these six wines – vintage, grape, winemaker, oaking, bottling date, bottle age – is exactly the same… except the specific place from which they come.