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.