The Côte d’Or may be small in size but its influence is huge and its reputation alone can intimidate even the most seasoned wine professional. Divided into two halves, the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, it is little more than a 30-mile stretch of vineyard but some of the world’s best known – and most expensive – wines are produced here. Of all the world’s wine regions it is here that terroir pushes itself to the fore, explaining the eye-watering prices paid for even the most modest parcels of vineyard.
Raymond Blake’s companionable Côte d’Or demystifies this notoriously complicated region, explaining succinctly the history of winemaking in this part of Burgundy, the complexity of the subdivided vineyards and the special role played by geology and climate in the creation of these wines. Visiting a selection of notable producers, Blake provides his take on each, along with a suggestion of that winemaker’s most distinctive or interesting wine for readers to try. After a rundown of the characteristics of each vintage from the last thirty years, and notes on some outstanding earlier vintages, Blake considers what the future might hold for the côte, including the challenges
of premature oxidation, extreme weather and world events. He ends the book by providing some ideas to help those planning a trip to the region get the most out of
This fresh take on one of the world’s most influential wine regions is an essential addition for the library of any burgundy enthusiast.
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Table of Contents
1. A brief history to 1985
2. Vineyards and viticulture
3. Producing burgundy
4. The villages and producers of the Côte de Nuits
5. The villages and producers of the Côte de Beaune
6. Recent vintages – enjoying burgundy
7. When sorrows come
8. Today and tomorrow
9. Visiting the Côte d’Or