The wines of the Côte de Nuits are an incitement to meditation. Great red wines, deep and rich, best enjoyed in the evening when the light is fading over the land between Fixin and Corgoloin.
Even in a land blessed by the Gods, the Côte de Nuits is a little paradise. It is a strip of land some twenty kilometers in length and in places no more than three hundred meters in width. And within its fifteen hundred hectares (3,700 acres) are to be found a rich variety of nuances ranging from the power of a Chambertin to the grace of a Musigny.
Here are found some of the most famous names in all of Burgundy. Less splendid in renown, but by no means negligible are the vineyards of the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits (some 500 hectares/1,240 acres) and Côtes de Nuits-Villages whose red and white wines are an introductory step towards more sublime pleasures.
These include Marsannay, Fixin, and Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits - supple and well-built wines with intense red-fruit aromas.
From Gevrey-Chambertin come high-bred powerful, deep-colored wines, tannic and square-shouldered, made for long aging.
Morey-Saint-Denis, meaty and with a long finish, has generous aromas of blackcurrant and wild cherry which over time are enhanced by notes of wild animals and spices.
Chambolle-Musigny is lacy, delicate and distinguished, the most supple of the Côte de Nuits wines.
Vougeot is ample, meaty, and remarkably well balanced, combining power with elegance. The whites are supple, rich and quite full-bodied.
Vosne-Romanée is smooth and elegant, long in the mouth, with aromas of cherry, strawberry and underwood.
Nuits-Saint-Georges is strongly colored, solid and full-bodied with complex aromas of red fruits, fur and spices.
Concentrated in the villages of this district are all the Grand Cru reds of Burgundy with the exception of Corton. There are twenty-two of these prestigious appellations :
Charmes-Chambertin, Clos-de-la-Roche, Bonnes-Mares, Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Clos-de-Vougeot, and others, not forgetting the rare Musigny, which happens also to be the only Grand Cru white of the Côte de Nuits. The Musigny reds are as powerful and solidly-built as the whites - elegant and distinguished, both being known for their breeding, smoothness, fullness, and irresistible aromatic subtlety.
All the Côte de Nuits wines have, like the art of meditation itself, an unhurried quality, and can offer a sensual pleasure so intense that you will remember it all your life.