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Côte 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.

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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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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  1. Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru, Jean-Marc Pillot

    Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru, Jean-Marc Pillot, 2011 75cl

    Cracking complexity on the nose which is buttery and nutty. The palate combines stone fruit character with crisp apple and a creamy texture finished with length and depth.

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  2. Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Morgeot, Bachey Legros

    Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Morgeot, Bachey Legros, 2012 75cl

    A superb example of classic Burgundy. Wonderful flowery aromas with hints of lemon and pear with subtle toast. Great depth and minerals with a balanced long finish. Wonderful!

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  3. Bourgogne Chardonnay, Chaumes des Perrieres Dm D Fahn

    Bourgogne Chardonnay, Chaumes des Perrieres Dm D Fahn, 2013 75cl

    In short, creamy and ripe. This wine has carmalised pear and peach characters with a nutty vanilla palate. A stunning well made wine.

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  4. Chassagne-Montrachet Les Pierres, Jean-Marc Pillot

    Chassagne-Montrachet Les Pierres, Jean-Marc Pillot, 2013 75cl

    Rich fruit but not overpowering. There is real harmony with the oak usage and a long smooth classic finish.

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  5. Santenay Sous Le Roche, Domaine Bachey Legros

    Santenay Sous Le Roche, Domaine Bachey Legros, 2013 75cl

    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 the most pronounced, this is followed by creamy minerality on the finish.

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  6. Meursault, Les Vireuils Domaine Dupont Fahn

    Meursault, Les Vireuils Domaine Dupont Fahn, 2014 75cl

    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 is wonderful.

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  7. Puligny-Montrachet Noyers Brets, Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot,

    Puligny-Montrachet Noyers Brets, Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot, 2014 75cl

    An absolutely stunning wine from one of the most highly regarded appelations in France. Superbly balanced with aromas of creamy vanilla and buttery notes and a tangy, minerally finish.

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  8. Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Morgeot, Bachey Legros

    Chassagne Montrachet Premier Cru Morgeot, Bachey Legros, 2015 75cl

    A superb example of classic Burgundy. Wonderful flowery aromas with hints of lemon and pear with subtle toast. Great depth and minerals with a balanced long finish. Wonderful!

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  9. Château Corton Grancey Grand Cru, Louis Latour

    Château Corton Grancey Grand Cru, Louis Latour, 2009 75cl

    A Grand Cru which as lovely garnet colour and a distinct nose packed with aromas of leather, spiced fruit and oak. A bold wine with balanced acidity and tannin and explodes with flavours of cherries, candied fruits and vanilla.

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  10. Beaune Premier Cru, Les Epenottes Domaine Parent

    Beaune Premier Cru, Les Epenottes Domaine Parent, 2011 75cl

    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, a rich mouthfeel, and a big fruity finish.

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