Bourgogne and its appellations



Almost all red wines - Pinot Noir
White wines - Chardonnay

Wine Characteristics

The appellation falls into two parts, divided by the town itself. The northern portion extends as far as the border of Vosne-Romanée, and the southern section lies partly in Nuits-Saint-Georges and partly in Premeaux.
Corresponding differences are observed in the wines. Their colour is an intense crepuscular crimson with a hint of mauve. The nose often features rose and liquorice. The young red wine has aromas of cherry, strawberry and blackcurrant, and when matured, leather, truffle, fur, game. Notes of macerated fruits (prune) complete the picture. Muscular and vigorous, chewy and full-bodied, its structure is both well built and well-balanced and it is long in the mouth. It is most fully enjoyed after several years’ laying down which rounds it out and underlines its sensuality and breeding.
The (rare) whites have a strong gold colour. They are firm and usually heady with a bouquet of brioche and sometimes honey, underpinned by white flowers.

Wine Steward’s Tip

Red: powerful and strongly-built, this is the wine that confers on the Côte de Nuits its noble reputation of a sturdy character. Its normal partners would be any meat that is at once full-flavoured and virile (roast lamb, rib steak, or breast of fattened duck), as the wine firmly coats and envelops its fibrous texture. Feathered game, similarly, responds to the charm of the wild and animal aromas which the wine develops with age. Sophisticated diners will also serve it with certain fish dishes such as carp in red-wine sauce. Cheeses: soft centred cheeses in the style of Époisses, Langres or Soumaintrain.
Serving temperature: 15 to 16°C.

White: this seldom met-with wine has the breeding and opulence required to partner with grilled sea-fish and grilled or cheese-topped crustaceans.
Serving temperature: 12 to 13°C.


Nuits-Saint-Georges is a likeable and lively town with a centuries-old history of winemaking. It gives its name to the Côte de Nuits, and its patron saint, Saint Georges, gives his name to their most famous wine. Its AOC, which dates from September 1936, includes the commune of Premeaux-Prissey in the appellation. Most of the wines grown here are Pinot Noir, but there are some plots planted with Chardonnay. The Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, Bourgogne’s most famous wine-brotherhood, was founded here in 1934.


The soils in the northern sector derive from pebbly alluvium washed down from up-slope, or, in the low-lying parts, silty deposits from the river Meuzin. In the southern sector the alluvia at the base of the slope originate in the combe of Vallerots where there are deep marly-limestone soils, while at the top of the slope, the rock is almost at the surface. Exposures are mostly to the East or South-East.

Nuits-Saint-Georges explained by Jean-Pierre Renard

Nuits-Saint-Georges as seen by Jérôme Flous, œnologue au Domaine Faiveley

Nuits-Saint-Georges as seen by Thibault Liger-Belair, winemaker

List of "Climats et Lieux-dits" for this appellation

"Climats" classified as 1er Cru

  • Aux Argillas
  • Aux Boudots
  • Aux Bousselots
  • Aux Chaignots
  • Aux Champs Perdrix
  • Aux Cras
  • Aux Murgers
  • Aux Perdrix
  • Aux Thorey
  • Aux Vignerondes
  • Chaines Carteaux
  • Château Gris
  • Clos Arlot
  • Clos de la Maréchale
  • Clos des Argillières
  • Clos des Corvées
  • Clos des Corvées Pagets
  • Clos des Forêts Saint-Georges
  • Clos des Grandes Vignes
  • Clos des Porrets-Saint-Georges
  • Clos Saint-Marc
  • En la Perrière Noblot
  • La Richemone
  • Les Argillières
  • Les Cailles
  • Les Chaboeufs
  • Les Crots
  • Les Damodes
  • Les Didiers
  • Les Hauts Pruliers
  • Les Perrières
  • Les Porrets-Saint-Georges
  • Les Poulettes
  • Les Procès
  • Les Pruliers
  • Les Saints-Georges
  • Les Terres Blanches
  • Les Vallerots
  • Les Vaucrains
  • Roncière
  • Rue de Chaux


  • Au Bas de Combe
  • Au Chouillet
  • Aux Allots
  • Aux Athées
  • Aux Barrières
  • Aux Croix Rouges
  • Aux Herbues
  • Aux Lavières
  • Aux Pertuis Maréchaux
  • Aux Saints-Jacques
  • Aux Saints-Juliens
  • Aux Tuyaux
  • Belle Croix
  • En la Perrière Noblot
  • La Charmotte
  • La Petite Charmotte
  • Le Coteau des Bois
  • Les Argillats
  • Les Brûlées
  • Les Chaliots
  • Les Charbonnières
  • Les Charmois
  • Les Damodes
  • Les Fleurières
  • Les Hauts Poirets
  • Les Hauts Pruliers
  • Les Longecourts
  • Les Maladières
  • Les Plateaux
  • Les Poisets
  • Les Topons
  • Les Vallerots
  • Plantes au Baron
  • Tribourg

Bourgogne appellations

  • Category

    Village appellation

  • Wine-producing region


  • Information

    Appellation Village of the Côte de Nuits region (Côte-d’Or).
    This appellation includes 41 Premiers Crus Climats.
    Producing communes: Nuits-Saint-Georges, Premeaux.
    On the label, the appellation NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES and NUITS-SAINTGEORGES PREMIER CRU may be followed by the name of the Climat of origin.

  • Production surface area

    Area under production*:
    1 hectare (ha) = 10,000 m2 = 24 ouvrées.
    Reds: 298.59 ha (including 138 ha Premier Cru).
    Whites: 9.87 ha (including 6.60 ha Premier Cru).

    * in 2018

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