EXPERIENCE CÔTE DE NUITS REGION MIXED CASE
CÔTE DE NUITS
As you drive south out of Dijon and through the suburban sprawl, you come to Marsannay. Off to the right, in the distance on the hillside, you catch a first glimpse of the vineyards of the Côte d’Or. Here begin the ‘golden slopes’, the heartland of Burgundy wine production.
And from here until you hit the limestone quarries at Corgoloin about 15 miles further south, you will traverse arguably the most famous vineyards on the planet. This is the Côte de Nuits, the northern half of the Côte d’Or, and your itinerary will read like a world-class wine list.
Next stop, Gevrey-Chambertin. And if you turn right at the light and wend your way through the village, you will end up on the Route des Grands Crus. From here you won’t need a map. Pass through the grand cru Chambertins and the Clos de Beze towards Morey-St. Denis with its treasures, Clos de la Roche, Clos St. Denis, Clos de Tart.
You are in a vein of rock here that produces some of the finest red wine in the world. Carry on to tiny Chambolle-Musigny with its Bonnes Mares and Les Musigny, and out the other side to the Clos de Vougeot and the Echezeaux. It’s one legendary piece of land after another until you reach Vosne-Romanée and the pilgrims’ destination, Romanée-Conti.
On to Nuit-St.-Georges which gave its name to the Côte de Nuits, and where traditionally the region’s business was transacted. It’s a pretty little town, but most of the attention here is turned towards the land around. As we pass into the no-man’s-land of hard rock quarries, you note that we drove that distance in under a half an hour; and that was with gawking tourists.
It puts Burgundy into perspective. World famous wines. Such tiny villages. Such a narrow strip of land.
Includes 3 bottles of each plus includes ground shipping:
Domaine Marchand Freres Gevrey-Chambertin 'En Etelois' 2013
Butting up against Grand Cru Griottes-Chambertin, Charmes Chambertin and Chapelle-Chambertin, this Gevrey-Chambertin ‘village’ lieu-dit ‘Aux Etelois’ is justifiably famous and particularly prized here in the region. It’s what we call a ‘locals’ wine. The parcel is often bottled as a single-vineyard ‘village’ because of its intrinsic elegance. Domaine Maume (among others) also produces an excellent Etelois.
Domaine Pierre Thibert Bourgogne ‘Les Bouffales’ Rouge 2015
A single vineyard Bourgogne is often a thing of wonder, a reflection of the precise terroir of the village it comes from. And this ‘Bouffales’ shouts Nuit St. Georges. A superbly positioned parcel. Blackcurrant and pepper, supple in its attack, complete through the mid-palate with a finish on fruit. Great structure, a wine that drinks above its appellation.
Domaine Pierre Thibert Nuits St. Georges 2014
Black fruits layered on a complex background of coffee and spice, with fine tannins already melting in. Structured but still fluid, a great texture. Complete through the mid-palate with a long finish on cherry fruit and structure.
Domaine Pierre Naigeon Morey St. Denis 'Les Herbouttes' 2012
Pierre Naigeon only makes single-vineyard wines (more than 25 different lieu-dit) that are vinified and bottled separately, without fining or filtration, to guard the pure expression of each terroir. This single-vineyard Morey St. Denis produced 1119 bottles in 2012. Expressive floral and fruity, orange flower acidity, suave elegance built on fine tannins. Delicate, vibrant and intense, a real pleasure with a great finish.