Wines from the northern part of the Côte d'Or
By Russell Hone and Jean-Pierre Renard
This Guide was last updated on 26 April 2011
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Every visit to the Côte de Nuits should begin or end with a visit to the city of Dijon. A city rich in history, influenced by the very powerful Dukes of Burgundy, its old quarters today have a number of interesting buildings and can be visited on foot by following a special route, indicated by little owls inset in the pavement. Following this tour takes about an hour - a guide book can be bought in the tourist office (see 'Useful Information'). The Palais des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne, which includes one of the most important fine art museums in France - the Musée des Beaux-Arts (see 'Other Interesting Attractions') - is one of the highlights of a visit to Dijon, along with all the gastronomic delights. Note that the Dijon ‘pass’ sold by the tourist office for 24, 48 or 72 hours gives access not only to Dijon attractions but also to many in the Côte de Nuits mentioned in our guide.
This small wine town, in the heart of the Côte de Nuits, contains a large number of wineries, négociants as well as other wine and drinks-related attractions. Amongst the latter, both Cassissium, and L’Imaginarium provide educational visits (see 'Other Interesting Attractions'. The main shopping street in this little town has several wine shops and interesting boutiques).
One of the world’s most famous names, Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the best known villages in Burgundy. Here there are nine Grands Crus, amongst the total of 33 in all of Burgundy, and over the years this village has gained an international reputation. The tourist office here (see ‘Useful information’) is happy to advise on local Gevrey wine visits. Look out for a wonderful modern 4-panelled metal sculpture ‘Les Portes de Saint Vincent’ celebrating the traditions of winegrowing, on the edge of the old village, created in 2000 when the village hosted the annual, movable St-Vincent festival. The Château de Gevrey-Chambertin is a handsome 10th century medieval fortress which can be visited every day in the summer and by appointment in winter (03 80 51 84 85).
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