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Cote de Beaune

Cote de Beaune

The Côte de Beaune, centred around the small city of Beaune and comprising the southern half of the celebrated Côte d'Or, is known as a producer of both excellent red wines and the only grand cru whites to be found outside Chablis. Corton, Meursault and Montrachet are world-famous names that excite even the experts.

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    Ripe, fresh and attractively fresh with notes of liqueur-like purple fruit, earth, pepper, and a hint of violet. Read More
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    Fleshy and crunchy on the palate with a red fruit expression that leaves a fresh sensation. The tannins are soft and smooth and the finish long and si... Read More
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    A rich and complex wine which offers peach and citrus on the nose. The fruity character of the nose is joined  clotted cream and a hint of vanilla on... Read More
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    Very attractive fresh red fruit nose. The palate is lively with plenty of ripe cherry fruit, good length. Read More
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    A highly enjoyable red Burgundy with lots of supple red fruit aromas which lead to a delicate yet driven finish. Read More
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    A great ruby-burgundy colour with good depth. On the nose it has rich cherry fruit aromas. The palate it dominated by powerful juicy red fruit flavors... Read More
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    With a purple hue this Grand Cru exhales aromas of cassis, saffron and earthiness. In the mouth the tannins envelop a lovely cherry fruitiness and are... Read More
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    This Meursault has lovely pebbly notes followed by aromas of lemon and cloves. The palate is floral with intense and complex flavours, the long finish... Read More
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    Floral and citrus aromas on the nose. Rich, generous, minerally with a great floral finish. Read More
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    The nose reveals the subtle oak character with some soft dough and bread like aromas. The palate brings fresh fruit character, of which green apple is... Read More
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    Rich fruit but not overpowering. There is real harmony with the oak usage and a long smooth classic finish. Read More
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    Cracking complexity on the nose which is buttery and nutty. The palate combines stone fruit character with crisp apple and a creamy texture finished w... Read More
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History

The Cistercian monastic order was founded at Cîteaux in what is now the Côte de Beaune and the monks continued the winemaking tradition that the Romans had started. Over the centuries, and under the powerful patronage of the Dukes of Burgundy, the wines achieved an excellence and a reputation that even the depradations of the French Revolution could not destroy. They are still thriving today.

Vines and Styles

Though Pinot Noir makes all the red wines of the Côte de Beaune they can vary enormously in style from the powerful to the elegant and everything in between. Individual appellations will often have their own distinctive character.

Chardonnay is the only white grape, and once again the style can vary from village to village and vineyard to vineyard. Where some, such as Corton-Charlemagne, have a mineral crispness, others, such as Meursault, are known for their butteriness. This variety ensures that the Côte de Beaune is never dull.

The Appellation System

As with the Côte de Nuits to the north, there are four basic levels of ascending quality: Bourgogne AOC; village AOC (i.e. Savigny-lès-Beaunes); Premier Cru (where village and vineyard are both labelled); and Grand Cru (i.e. Corton or Montrachet).  Côte de Beaune Villages and Hautes Côte de Beaune are more minor appellations that are regarded as lesser than the village AOC.  The ultimate indication of quality will, as elsewhere in Burgundy, really be revealed in the name of the producer.

Climate and Terroir

Limestone dominates the soil of the Côte de Beaune, but a layer of marl runs through it, and whereas Chardonnay thrives in the former it is the latter that brings out the best of the Pinot Noir.  This is why both red and white burgundy of exceptional quality are produced here.  Also important are a good slope and exposure, the combination of which should allow maximum access to the sun, good drainage and sufficient shelter from the hail and frost that can level a vineyard.

 

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