Wine bottle shape originating from the French Burgundy. Especially due to the Chardonnay boom in the 1980s, it became popular worldwide. The pot-bellied bottle has no shoulders like the Bordeaux bottle and a shorter neck than the much slimmer Schlegel bottle. Usually, the bottom of the bottle has an indentation. In Burgundy the mostly dark-coloured, but also yellow-green bottle is usually used for red wines from Pinot Noir and white wines from Chardonnay. The characteristic yellow-green is called "Feuille morte" (dead leaf = autumn leaves). Likewise, many Loire wines are bottled in Burgundy bottles. A somewhat wider shape is common on the Rhône for Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In Germany, this shape is particularly popular for wines fromPinot Gris,Pinot Blanc or Pinot Noir, and in California for wines from Chenin Blanc. The Albeisa, which is commonly used in the Italian Piedmont, has a similar shape. See also under Bottles and Wine Vessels.
In the past, you needed a wealth of encyclopaedias and specialist literature to keep up to date in your vinophile professional life. Today, Wine lexicon from wein.plus is one of my best helpers and can rightly be called the "bible of wine knowledge".Prof. Dr. Walter Kutscher
Lehrgangsleiter Sommelierausbildung WIFI-Wien