Côte de Nuits
The Côte de Nuits forms the northern part of the Côte D’Or region of Burgundy in France. It stretches from the town of Dijon down to the Côte de Beaune near Pernand-Vergelesses. In general terms it has the same famous slope as the Côte de Beaune with perhaps more marl clay like soils. As a result the reds from Pinot Noir, which accounts for 95% of the grapes grown, are considered more velvety, deeper in colour, richer and the longest living. Whites from Chardonnay are few.
Home of some of the world’s finest red wines, there are 24 Grand Cru and 135 Premier Cru wines. This area focuses on quality not quantity, and it shows in the wines. The classics names in this complex area include Nuits-St-Georges, Vosne Romanée, Gevrey Chambertin, Fixin, Chambolle Musigny, Vougeot, Marsannay, Moey St Denis and more. The historic Clos de Vougeot, once a walled 125 acre Cisterisan monks vineyard, is now divided into 100 plots owned by 80 different people and just highlights how complicated Burgundy wines are today. The negociant system brings it all together to more than maintain the quality and reputation of some of the world’s best wines.
Behind the Côte de Nuits slopes sits the lesser region of Hautes Côte de Nuits, though as is so often the case with these Appellations, the top wine makers such as Mongeard-Mugneret, Machard de Gramont and Lamarche will often produce wines that are superior to more highly regarded appellations from the less well-known vignerons. These can represent great value for money, particularly from the better vintages in Burgundy.