The Côte de Nuits vineyards stretch 22 kilometres from the northern communes of Fixin and Marsannay to the southern villages of Comblanchien and Corgoloin (which form part of the Côte de Nuits-Villages appellation). The most prestigious appellations and wines, however, are found in the middle: Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey Chambertin, Échezeaux, Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot, and Charmes-Chambertin. Interspersed between villages are dozens of valley-side vineyards where the soil is made of marl, hard limestone and loamy scree – conditions ideally suited to Pinot Noir. Rows of premiers and grands crus line the middles and tops of exposed, sunny hillsides.
The conditions for growing Pinot Noir in the Côte de Nuits are exceptional. The terroirs are made up of high quality soils and sub-soils and the difficult climatic conditions challenge the vines, ensuring the finest fruit. But the winemakers’ contributions cannot be overlooked, as they’ve spent centuries learning to master this demanding and finicky grape.