Côte d’Or Wine Region Guide

Discover Burgundy's Côte d'Or, Where Every Sip Is a Symphony of Terroir


Last updated: February 28, 2024


Few wine regions attract such fevered excitement as the Côte d’Or. The term refers to a legendary escarpment (long steep slope) in Burgundy, containing two of France’s most iconic vineyards: the Côte de Beaune and the Cote de Nuits. Collectors have long considered the Côte-d’Or the Valhalla of fine wine, where the world’s most expensive Pinot Noir and Chardonnay command prices that can make your eyes water.

Is it worth the considerable outlay, though? That is a topic of intense debate. However, there is no doubt that Corton, Montrachet, and Musigny are far more than simply varietal expressions of Burgundy’s two signature grapes. Displaying a complexity and depth rarely seen elsewhere, these are “wines to drink on bended knees, with heartfelt and humble thanks.” Such a blend of poetry and wit could only have come from the late author Clive Coates MW, who understood that Grand Cru Burgundy, regardless of the price tag, has no equal in today’s world.


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