• Nuits-St-Georges
    Three appellations in one. Lighter, fine-boned reds to the south; deeply coloured powerful wines with sturdy tannins in the centre, and a thrilling concentration of...
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  • Morey-St-Denis
    Too often described as intermediary between the structure of Gevrey and the grace of Chambolle, Morey deserves more recognition in its own right. The wines...
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  • Chambolle-Musigny
    There is more limestone than clay in the soil, giving wines of exceptional grace as well as depth of flavour. They should be attractively perfumed,...
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  • Marsannay
    Promoted to village status (for all three colours) in 1988, Marsannay is discussing adding some 1ers crus. The reds are affordable and accessible while the...
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  • Gevrey-Chambertin
    There is something of everything in Gevrey-Chambertin. These are mostly red-fruited wines with a savoury character, delivering softer fruit or more rustic tannins depending on...
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  • Fixin
    Fixin and Marsannay used to sell most of their wine to customers in Dijon, and ran their businesses accordingly. Now there are some more adventurous...
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  • Volnay
    The hallmark is elegance. Floral notes, refined fruit, balanced acidity, few tannins from soil types favouring limestone more than clay. Once considered lighter and shorter-lived...
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  • Savigny-lès-Beaune
    Sitting a little back from the main Côte, the vineyards of Savigny are unnecessarily under the radar. The reds can have juicy red fruit along...
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  • Santenay
    From the southern end of the Côte, these vineyards were more famous in the past and could become so again. The best red wines have...
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  • St-Romain
    Situated at higher altitude than the other villages and tucked away behind the main line of the Côte d’Or, St-Romain produces fresh medium-bodied whites usually...
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  • St-Aubin
    Since the millennium, St-Aubin has come to be considered as the fourth major white wine village of the Côte d’Or, not just the best of...
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  • Puligny-Montrachet
    Great wines but few producers. These are the most perfumed of the great white wines with a firm, steely backbone to support the fruit. Lighter...
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  • Pommard
    Volnay’s gruff neighbour with little in common. Complex clay soils, often iron rich, deliver powerful wines with depth of colour, firm fruit and fairly substantial...
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  • Monthelie
    Located behind Volnay and Meursault, a red Monthelie is similar to a mini-Volnay but a little bit more rustic, mostly for drinking in the first...
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  • Chorey-lès-Beaune
    Beaune’s neighbour on flat land mostly below the main road. But it is good earth for easily accessible red wines and occasional whites. Look for...
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  • Meursault
    Fine 1ers crus, but also the best source of single vineyard village level white Burgundy. Rarely as buttery and nutty as in the past, but...
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  • Maranges
    The end of the line as the Côte turns from east-facing to the south. Tannins can be on the firm side but there is usually...
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  • Chassagne-Montrachet
    A handful of often intermarried families furnish many quality growers, each with a raft of 1ers crus which range in style depending on location- racier...
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  • Ladoix
    The least known of the Corton villages but they have had the sense to specify one colour only for some of their newer 1ers crus....
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  • Blagny
    A hamlet between Puligny and Meursault, using its own name for reds (mostly 1er cru) in an austere but pleasing style, or sold as Meursault-Blagny...
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  • Beaune
    The capital of the region, undervalued for its own vineyards and wines. The large producers often make a 1er Cru blend. Elegance and suppleness are...
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  • Auxey-Duresses
    This side valley may be benefitting from global warming as the wines become less austere, eschewing the hard edge which Duresses might imply. The best...
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  • Aloxe-Corton
    Best known for its grands crus Corton & Corton-Charlemagne. The village and 1er Cru wines have an earthy character with evident tannins in youth. They...
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