The vines of the Côte de Nuits and Hautes Côtes de Nuits stretch over 20km from north to south. This area is the center for the region’s Grands Crus. Mainly reputed for its red wines, it also produces a select few whites. Discover their origins to better enjoy these wines…
The Côte de Nuits and Hautes Côtes mainly produce red wines. As such, this winegrowing region is a paradise for Pinot Noir, which is used for the majority of the Bourgogne winegrowing region’s Grands Crus. White wines, made from the Chardonnay grape, are fewer and farther between. Some are also made from Aligoté.
The Champs-Elysées of the Bourgogne winegrowing region
The reputation of the appellations of the Côte de Nuits is firmly established. Some have even gone so far as to name this exceptional terroir the Champs-Elysées of the Bourgogne winegrowing region.
This sophisticated pseudonym also explains the reality of the terrain. Between Dijon and Corgoloin, the wines grow along a narrow strip of hillside that is around 20km long and in parts, just 200 meters wide.
The Côte de Nuits, prestigious and varied appellations: The winegrowing region of the Côte de Nuits comprises a wide variety of appellations that are admired across the globe.
- Grands Crus: Chambertin, Chambertin-Clos de Bèze, Chapelle-Chambertin, Griotte-Chambertin, Latricières-Chambertin, Mazis-Chambertin, Mazoyères-Chambertin, Ruchottes-Chambertin, Clos de la Roche, Clos de Tart, Clos Saint-Denis, Clos des Lambrays, Clos de Vougeot, Échezeaux, Grands Échezeaux ,Richebourg, Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Saint-Vincent, La Tâche, Musigny, Bonnes Marres, Charmes Chambertin.
- Appellations Villages some of which have Climats classified as Premiers Crus: Chambolle-Musigny, Côte de Nuits-Villages, Fixin, Gevrey-Chambertin, Marsannay, Marsannay rosé, Morey-Saint-Denis, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Vougeot.
Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits, powerful wines that are full of character
These vines are cultivated on two plateaus between 300-400m above sea level.
This wine region, which almost fell into disuse at one point, has led a patient and courageous campaign for survival. As such, the Hautes Côtes de Nuits has enjoyed a veritable renaissance since the 1950s. Back then, the region’s winemakers selected the slopes that would produce the best grapes. As on the Côte de Nuits, they planted Pinot Noir for reds and Chardonnay for the whites, which covered around 20 communes in the hinterland of the Côte.
Over the past few decades, the winemakers have been dedicated to producing high quality vines. And their work has borne fruit. Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits wines are today recognized as wines of character. With their purple or ruby color, these reds have body, while the whites are gold in color with a lively and balanced structure.
As in the rest of the Bourgogne winegrowing region, the Côte de Nuits and Hautes Côtes de Nuits also produce wines of all the appellations
Régionales: Bourgogne red and white, Bourgogne Aligoté, Coteaux Bourguignons, Bourgogne Passe-Tout-Grains, and Crémant de Bourgogne.
Did you know ?
The wines of Bourgogne are the precious heritage of monks.
Between the 6th and 15th centuries, the monks of the Bourgogne winegrowing region patiently developed methods for vine cultivation. Their authentic savoir-faire has been handed down from generation to generation to the winegrowers of today.
You will find wines from Côte de Nuits on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022.