France | Côte de Beaune, Burgundy
Passing south through Nuits-St-Georges on the RN74 you will leave the Pinot Noir dominant Côte de Nuits and enter into the Côte de Beaune region just north of the town, Beaune.
Although this region does make Pinot Noir (renowned for its softness and finesse, with excellent wines made in Volnay, Pommard, and Beaune), it is the white Chardonnay grape that dominates the region with seven of Burgundy’s eight white grand crus.
The triumvirate of villages with the highest reputation for their white wines are Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet and together with the exceptional Corton-Charlemagne these villages can rightly stake a claim to be the finest, richest, most complex and stylish Chardonnay white wines produced anywhere in the world.
Low yields and perfect conditions of soil, drainage and exposure result in intensely flavoured wines. Fermentation and ageing in new French oak supplies further body and toasty flavours. These wines can take a decade or more to reach their peak, but when they do, it is certainly worth the wait.