Côte de Beaune Wine Region Guide

Essence of Excellence: Legendary Chardonnays & Captivating Pinot Noirs


Last updated: February 29, 2024


The southern half of the Côte d’Or is a mecca for lovers of the Chardonnay grape. In the opinion of just about everyone, the top wines of Corton-Charlemagne, Puligny-Montrachet, and Meursault have NO equal in the New World, despite the remarkable progress achieved over the past thirty years. Grand Cru white Burgundy truly embodies something magical and inimitable with its luscious concentration, perfume, minerality, and unsurpassed depth that one rarely sees outside of France. This side of the Côte de Beaune attracts the greatest hype (and prices) among collectors and oenophiles; there is just one red Grand Cru in the region, the noble Corton. So it often surprises people to learn that over 70 percent of the area’s total output is red, exclusively based on the Pinot Noir grape. But, as far as most collectors are concerned, Chardonnay is the true hero of the Côte de Beaune.


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