If you ask me the main difference between the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits, I would sadly say price. Yes there is a stylistic difference between the two, but the value of the Côte de Beaune gives their wines an edge at this level. $85 simply doesn’t buy you all that much in the Côte de Nuits, though some of the wines do offer a hint of the grandeur that these wines can attain.
The are many great producers in the Côte de Nuits, most of them well recognized which accounts for the high prices. Some great producers still do have wines that fly under the radar and other producers are decidedly up and coming, so for value this is where we have to look!.
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