COTE DE NUITS: THE HOME OF PINOT NOIR
The Côte de Nuits stretches from the suburbs of Dijon in the north to the hamlet of Corgoloin in the south. This is ground zero for Pinot Noir, home to the grape’s most celebrated interpretations. The major village appellations for red wine include (from north to south) Marsannay, Fixin, Gevrey-Chambertain, Morey St. Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanee & Nuits St Georges.
Pinot Noir reacts hysterically to changes in its terroir and wine grown on the same row of vines by different wine makers can taste astonishingly different. Each of the major classic appellations has its own charcter - Gevrey has the power, Chambolle has the perfume, Morey is a mixture of the two, Clos de Vougeot is a walled vineyard with highly fragmented ownership, Nuits St George's wines are long lived and Vosne-Romanee contains the most celebrated vineyards and producers in the world.
Fixin & Marsannay are rare bastions of value (relatively speaking of course) and offer wines that are the equal and superior of many in the classical regions. The solitary reason for this is that they are less well known and it is certain to change.
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