The appellations of Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire and Bourgogne Ordinaire (this last is no longer used) were instituted in 1937. The wines are red, white, and rosé, grown within the limits of the Burgundy appellation. The uniqueness of
Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire (as we refer to it on a casual basis) is that it sometimes employs grape varieties that are in danger of extinction, thus ensuring their continuity. « Rosé » can be replaced by the word « Clairet ».
Reds and rosés are derived from the Pinot Noir, Gamay noir with white juice, César, or Tressot grape.
Whites are derived from the Chardonnay, Aligoté, Melon de Bourgogne, and the Sacy grape. This diversity of « terroirs » and grapes variety disallows generalizations in regards to the personality of these wines that nevertheless remain typically Burgundian. Their merit is to be found in their fair price for a good, honest bottle of wine. They also
provide an opportunity for the curious amateur to discover little known grape varieties.
(More information: www.burgundy-wines.fr)