The Côte de Beaune covers approximately 30 kilometers between the towns of Sampigny, Dezize, and Cheilly at the south (that share the Maranges cru) and the Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny appellations to the north. It is the named vineyards of Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet that produce Burgundy’s (if not the world’s) finest white wines. The Pommard, Beaune, Volnay and Savigny appellations are famous for their Pinot Noirs of astounding expressions. Geologically, the Côte de Beaune is extremely complex. Each vineyard plot has its unique attributes that are reflected in the wines it produces. Some named vineyards provide more richness and body to the wine while others bring more minerality, finesse and acidity.
The Côte de Beaune is very fragmented and some vineyards in Pommard, Volnay, Santenay, and the southern part of Chassagne-Montrachet are situated on complex hillside fault lines. Because of this, these vineyards are more like the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation of Côte de Nuits than the neighbouring parcels in the Côte de Beaune. This is just one example of the complexity of Burgundy’s named vineyards and terroirs, the cradle of many of the greatest wines in the world.