Notations on the Côte de Nuits

The holy grail of Pinot Noir in the Cote d'Or


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Notations on the Côte de Nuits The Côte de Nuits houses 99 percent of the red Grands Crus of Burgundy’s famous Côte d’Or. Seeing as these wines are some of the most limited production wines in the world, this says a lot about this terroir.

By and large, this 17 mile stretch of land is Pinot Noir’s holy grail. (I insert here a quick plug for the Côte de Beaune, whose top reds easily rival those of the Côte de Nuits but often aren’t as lauded. This may be because they favor restraint to power. If Burgundy isn’t about subtlety, haven’t we missed the point? I digress….)

From south to north, here are my notations on the Côte de Nuits’ major villages.

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