Debbie and I have biked, walked or driven by car through all of the tiny wine villages of the Côte de Nuits and will return this fall for another “on the ground,” research trip. After many years, visits and hundreds of hours of reading, as well as a not insignificant amount of tasting, I now consider myself to have risen to the level of perhaps a sixth grade education in the understanding of the complexities of French red Burgundy from the Côte de Nuits.
The word complex is an understatement in the realm of understanding French Burgundy. In that my interest is primarily red and not Burgundy’s world class white wine made from Chardonnay grapes, I have spent somewhat less time in the southern half of the Côte-d’Or, the Côte de Beaune.
From the dozen or so little wine communes in the Côte de Nuits, I have narrowed my focus to seven villages. In order of importance, my list includes Vosne-Romanée, Flagey-Echézeaux, Chambolle-Musigny, Morey-St. Denis, Gevrey-Chambertin, Fixin, and Marsannay (coincidentally listed from south to north).