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 region’s Grands Crus. White wines, made from the Chardonnay grape, are fewer and farther between. Some are also made from Aligoté.
The wines of the Côte de Nuits are perfect for every occasion
You can serve the various appellations of the Côte de Nuits with many different dishes.
• The reds go wonderfully with beef in all its guises, including steak, rib, braised beef and beef in sauce. Somewhat unexpectedly, these wines also go very well with sweet-and-sour combinations such as duck with orange or Moroccan tagine.
• The area’s white wines are perfect with fish, veal and white meat.
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 Bourgogne.
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 winegrowing region of the Côte de Nuits comprises a wide variety of appellations that are admired across the globe.
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 Bourgogne, 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, Bourgogne Côte d'Or.
The wines of Bourgogne are the precious heritage of monks
Between the 6th and 15th centuries, the monks of Bourgogne patiently developed methods for vine cultivation. Their authentic savoir-faire has been handed down from generation to generation to the winegrowers of today.