Stage 7: Burgundy Region – Riders start in Troyes and end in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Stage 8: Jura Region – Riders start in Dole and end in Station des rousses, Stage 9: Beaujolais and Chambery Regions – Riders start in Nantua and end in Chambéry
Continuing on, to stages 7 through 9 we follow the riders through the regions of Burgundy, Jura, Beaujolais, and Chambery. The region of Burgundy is a highly respected wine region as well as being home to some of the most expensive wines in the world. In particular, it is known for its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. In fact, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the only two grape varietals that Burgundy uses for wine-making. Also using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes is the small wine region next door, Jura. However, Jura also uses three other local grape varietals known as Poulsard, Trousseau, and Savagnin. Jura has claimed its spot in the lime light through its very distinctive and most notable wine, Vin Juane. It is made very similarly to sherry with Jura’s Savagnin grape and then ages for over six years. Close by to Jura and just south of Burgundy is the regions of Beaujolais and Chambery. Famous for their fruity red wines made from Gamay. Like Burgundy with its focus on just two grape varietals, Beaujolais focuses on making their wines mostly from Gamay and using Pinot Noir sparingly.
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