Hautes Cotes de Nuits

The Hautes Côtes de Nuits Controlled Designation of Origin, created in 1961, is produced in twenty villages in Burgundy : 16 in the Hautes Côtes and 4 in the Côte de Nuits. The area of ​​the vineyard is about 700 hectares, mainly planted with Pinot Noir grapes for the production of red wines. Only 122 hectares produce white wines...
The Hautes Côtes de Nuits Controlled Designation of Origin, created in 1961, is produced in twenty villages in Burgundy : 16 in the Hautes Côtes and 4 in the Côte de Nuits. The area of ​​the vineyard is about 700 hectares, mainly planted with Pinot Noir grapes for the production of red wines. Only 122 hectares produce white wines from the Chardonnay or rarely Pinot Blanc grape varieties, but these, of a great minerality, can be close to the great appellations like the wines of Meursault or Puligny Montrachet. The Hautes Côtes de Nuits vineyard is located on the reliefs of the Côte d'or west of the Côte de Nuits. Located between 300 and 400 meters above sea level, on a clay-limestone soil with limestone, wines are incisive and precise, suitable for a long keeping when they are vinified traditionally. The red wines of appellation Hautes Côtes de Nuits develop aromas of red fruits such as raspberry or gooseberry, and due to Pinot noir, notes of black fruits such as blackcurrant. Fruity and beautiful acidity, they may lack a little roundness when they are derived from soil too calcareous, even high in oak barrels. On the other hand, their aromatic palette is formidable. White wines, from Chardonnay, develop impressive mineral notes with a very floral, acidulous side and a nutty finish. These wines have character and generosity: do not hesitate to open them in advance, as it would be done with a great red wine of Burgundy. The  Hautes Côtes de Nuits appellation wines have a "bold" character and have an acidity that makes wines pruned for long-term care. This is the signature and creed of Bernard Hudelot, a colorful character and agitator of the Burgundy vinisphere, owner of the Château de Villars Fontaine. For more than 40 years, he and all the producers of the Hautes Côtes de Nuits have set their sights on this regional appellation, which has been effaced by more prestigious neighboring names such as Nuits Saint Georges or Vosne Romanée. It is certain that no sincere comparison can be made between these appellations on red wines (although ...), but certainly the white wines of Hautes Côtes de Nuits are worthy of the greatest Burgundian appellations, especially if they are aged in barrels , As the tradition demands.
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