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Cote de Nuits

Burgundy is home to some of the most famous wines of the world, represents 3% of France’s vineyards and has a higher number of appellations d'origine contrôlée (AOCs) than any other French region. Burgundy is the most terroir-oriented region in France with 400 types of soil where grapes are grown and has a total of around 3 200 wine domaines with 2,000 AOCs. In fact, the southern part of Champagne was once part of Burgundy before the riots in 1911.

Burgundy also produces sparkling wine. In the 19th century, Nuits-St Georges and Gevrey-Chambertin specialised in sparkling red wine and by the 1820s, a million bottles of red Bourgogne Mousseux were sold annually in France. In 1860, Napoleon III and Empress Eugenia stopped for several nights in Dijon and were presented with a case of wines, which included a sparkling red Burgundy.  

In recent years, a new classification has been created for top Cremant de Bourgogne called Eminent and Grand Eminent (for Crémant with an extended ageing period after the second fermentation of 24 months) and Grand Eminent (with an extended ageing of 36 months plus three months in bottle).  Louis Bouillot located between Dijon and Beaune, is the 3rd largest producer of Crémant de Bourgogne

On tour we like to compare the winemakers: style, village, terroir and age.
For example:

Nuits Saint-Georges and Vosne Romanee
Terroir of 2 villages in the Cote de Nuits and then with the Cote de Beaune
Grand & Premiers Crus and 2 Premier Cru
Vintage by village and then by year and then by wine maker
Multiple villages in the Cote de Nuits

Sample Itineraries

Wine Lovers Tour

Visit 1
Vineyard Visit & Tasting in Fixin or Gevrey-Chambertin
Lunch Pairing at a vineyard in Gevrey-Chambertin or Chateu de Gilly
Visit 2
Vineyard Visit & Tasting in Nuits St George
Visit 3
Vineyard Visit & Tasting in the village of Morey St Denis
Drive Past Château du Clos de Vougeot
Visit 4
Tasting in Vosne-Romanée

Romanee Conti

Romanée-Conti is the greatest of all Burgundy wines and the most expensive wine in the world. The origins of the vineyard of Romanée-Conti are connected to the priory of St Vivant, who owned it in the Middle Ages, at a time when it was known as the "Cros des Cloux". The name changed to"Romanée" around 1651. Prince Louis-François de Bourbon-Conti bought it in 1760. Production averages 6,000 bottles per year.

Clos de Vougeot

The Cistercians created Burgundy's largest wall-surrounded vineyard, the Clos de Vougeot, in 1336. More importantly, the Cistercians, extensive vineyard owners as they were, were the first to notice that different vineyard plots gave consistently different wines. They therefore laid the earliest foundation for the naming of Burgundy crus and the region's terroir thinking. The Renaissance Château du Clos de Vougeot, situated inside the wall, was added in 1551 by rebuilding and enlarging a small chapel and some other buildings previously existing at the site.

In the French Revolution, all vineyard possessions were taken from the church by the French state, and sold off to private buyers. In 1818, the château and vineyards of Clos de Vougeot was bought by Julien-Jules Ouvrard, who also bought the Romanée-Conti vineyard in 1819. Ouvrard later moved to Château de Gilly.

The monks from Cîteaux identified Burgundy's Climats nine centuries before they were officially recognized in 2015 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Château has 12,000 active members of the Confrérie and over 80 owners.


What makes the region of Burgundy unique in its wines ? Unlike Bordeaux, the great Burgundies both red and white, are un-blended wines made from a single grape variety, Pinot Noir for the red wines and Chardonnay for the white wines, whose aromes and tastes vary depending on the soil from which they are grown. Pinot Noir is at its best on the cool limestone slopes of Burgundy, and is grown mostly in the Côte de Nuits. Any wine from this region will be expensive but all should be of good quality. The wines from each village area have their own character: sturdy, tannic and long-lived from around Nuits-St-Georges, aristocratic, rich and complex from Vosne-Romanée for example, Corton is the only red Grand Cru of the Côte de Beaune, Pommard (just south of Beaune), Volnay, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny


The idea of terroir was first recognized by the monks when they noticed that wine from certain parts of the vineyard was better than others. They began to divide up the land according to terroir for example Clos de Vougeot. Grand Cru Vineyards include Gevrey-Chambertin, Vosnee Romanee. Morey St Denis, Nuits St George. Unlike Champagne, the great Burgundies are made from a single grape variety.


Historically, monks and monasteries of the Roman Catholic Church have had an important influence on the history of Burgundy wine. The first known donation of a vineyard to the church was by king Guntram in 587, but the influence of the church became important in Charlemagne's era. The Benedictines, through their Abbey of Cluny founded in 910, became the first truly big Burgundy vineyard owner over the following centuries. Another order which exerted influence was the Cistercians, founded in 1098 and named after Citeaux, their first monastery, situated in Burgundy.

The first monastery in Burgundy was at Cluny, started by the Benedictine monks in 940 AD. With over 1,000 monks in residence, more than the population of most towns of that time. The abbey became grander and grander as its power over the whole of Europe increased. It organised pilgrimages, oversaw hundreds of other monasteries and governed by the power of excommunication

Cote de Nuits Wine Adventures

Châteaux, historic abbeys, canals, beautiful countryside, great food and wine all in a relaxed rural lifestyle await you in Burgundy, and only 1 1/2hrs by TGV train from Paris. There are 5 wine regions in Burgundy: Cote d’Or, Cote Chalonnais, Chablis, Maconnais and Beaujolais. Only Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes are permitted to produce red wines in these regions. Pinot does best in the Cote d’Or region of the Cote de Nuits. The idea of terroir was first recognized here by the monks when they noticed that wine from certain parts of the vineyard was better than others.

Multi Region Journeys

  • Best of the Best

    Cote de Nuits . Cote de Beaune (2 days)

    Vineyard Visits in Nuits St George, Morey St Denis, Fixin, Vosne-Romanée
    Lunch pairing at a vineyard in Gevrey-Chambertin and Olivier Lefaivre in Meursault
    Vineyard visit in Puligny-Montrachet, Santenay, & Chassagne-Montrachet

    Burgundy Highlights

    Cote d'Or / Beaujolais (5 days)

    2 days in the vineyards of the Cote d'Or and overnight at a Relais Chateaux in Beaune
    Discover the Beaujolais vineyards plus visit to Georges Duboeuf
    A day tasting wines in vineyards from Condrieu, St Joseph and Cote Rotie
    Overnight Chateau de Varenne and Chateau Bagnol near Lyon

    Pinot Noir - The Power of 3

    Montagne de Reims . Cotes des Bar . Cote de Nuits (5 days)

    Discover Reims Cathedral, Beaune, and Troyes
    Visit and multi tastings of top Pinot Noir Champagne
    Cellar visits at Veuve Clicquot and Moet et Chandon
    Visit artisan winemakers in the Cote d'Or for Pinot Noir mulit tastings

    From Red to Rosés

    Burgundy / Lyon / Provence (10 days)

    Discover Beaune, Lyon, and Avignon
    Vineyard visits in Nuits St George, Morey St Denis, Fixin, Vosne-Romanée
    Wine tastings of Condrieu, St Joseph, Cote Rotie, and Tain Hermitage
    Vineyard visits in Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueras
    3 day Cru Classe tour and overnight at 5 star Chateau de Berne
    Visit a perfume maker in Grasse and overnight near Nice
    Visit Eze and Monaco

  • Cultural Options

    The Burgundian polychrome roofs made of tiles glazed in green, yellow and black arranged in geometric patterns is one of the most distinguishing aspects of Dijon architecture. This city has served as the site for the Holy See and has been the administrative center of Burgundy since the time of the four famous Ducs. 

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