Côte de Nuits

Côte de Nuits Wine

There can be little doubt that world's finest Pinot Noirs are produced in the Côte de Nuits. The complex tapestry of clay and limestone vineyards found in the 20km between Dijon and Nuits-Saint-Georges (the village the region is named after), provide the perfect setting for wines of extraordinary finesse and complexity whilst accounting for 22 of Burgundy's 23 red Grand Cru sites. Supply and demand have forced prices sky-high over the last decade but we have worked hard to provide a balanced selection which offers a broad range of iconic vineyards and villages with some enticing offerings at more reasonable price-points.

Based at his family's domaine in Morey-Saint Denis, the meticulous Frédéric Magnien's wines grace many of the finest wine lists across the country. Frédéric spent formative years at Pinot Noir Meccas in the 'New World' such as Calera in Sonoma (under Josh Jenson) which has shaped his style into an accessible blend of tradition and modernity. He has a strong preference for biodynamics and is a natural innovator - from the 2019 millésime, all his 'Villages' wines will have been aged in only old oak and terracotta amphorae in order to emphasise terroir and purity of fruit.

Frédéric's Côte de Nuits Villages 'Croix-Violette' starts his range - from a single vineyard in Brochon just north of Gevrey-Chambertin, this offers terrific value for money with abundant black cherry and forest floor aromas, a medium-bodied, supple-textured palate and a surprisingly long finish. Marsannay is the most northerly and most recently-granted (1987) AOC in the region and the lieu-dit of 'Longeroies' is regarded as one of the best. With a smoky, red cherry-scented nose, a medium-bodied, sappy-textured palate and firm structure with fresh acidity. Next, his Gevrey-Chambertin 'Vielles Vignes' comes from 55 year-old vines across four plots on limestone-dominated soils. It shows an earthy complexity with firm but approachable tannins. The Morey Saint-Denis 'Herbuottes' is a darker, more spicy offering with blackcurrant, clove and orange peel aromatics proceeding a broad, juicy palate with good tannic structure.

The Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 'Lavaut-Saint-Jacques' is everything you would expect from this most noble of vineyards: highly aromatic with rose petals, red cherries and minerals coming to the fore, it is detailed, complex and has great density of fruit. It is showing well now (perhaps as this is one of Frédéric's amphorae-aged wines), but will benefit from up to 10 years in bottle. Finally, we have a very small amount of Frédéric's Chambertin 'Clos de Beze' - one of the greatest of all the Grand Crus - this is a wine of serious intensity, complexity and length which will show a broad spectrum of glossy fruit now yet if decanted, it will be at its best from 2025 onwards.

In the centre of Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Henri Richard is now under the stewardship of Henri's grandchildren Richard and Sarah Bastien. They preside over a mere 2 hectares of impeccably-maintained, organically-certified vines in the 'Aux Corvées' lieu-dit, due east of the town. Their principal cuvée Gevrey-Chambertin has a ripe red berry bouquet and a core of wild strawberry fruit with an autumnal dimension and, although charming in youth, it rewards a few years cellaring. They also have a plot of Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru which yields an even denser, more complex and ageworthy wine.

Based in the heart of Vougeot, Domaine Bertagna makes wine from 18 appellations including 5 Grand Cru sites, 8 Premier Crus, 2 Villages and 3 regional appellations. Covering 21 hectares of highly-coveted vineyards (including several monopoles), it has been under the ownership of the Reh family from the Mosel in Germany since 1982. Eva Reh is the current incumbent, having taken over at the domaine in 1988.

Eva's ripe, full Vougeot 'Le Village' rouge shows red cherry fruit and a rich succulent, palate with fine-grained tannins. Her Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 'les Murgers' shows an intense nose of black cherry and cloves followed by rich fruit and sturdy tannins on the palate. Completing the range is a very rare Vougeot blanc Premier Cru 'les Cras' – a deliciously rich and opulent Chardonnay with stony minerality, fresh acidity and ripe stone-fruit abundant – a wine to be enjoyed with rich cuisine, so pork belly or lobster would be ideal.

The wines of Domaine Misset are produced by our long-time supplier from the Southern Rhône, Yves Chéron, who owns enviable vine holdings in prime locations across the length of the Côte de Nuits. The vineyards were bought in the 1930s by his canny grandfather Paul Misset who spotted a bargain after the Wall Street Crash of 1929. His Chambolle-Musigny 'les Condemennes' shows aromas of plum, red cherries and sweet spice, the palate is medium-bodied with fondant tannins and a long mineral finish. Their Clos de Vougeot is darker and grippier with a longer future ahead and promises great complexity. The Vosne-Romanée 'les Barreaux' shows power and finesse in equal measure, exhibiting a wealth of sleek black fruit and a fine tannic structure.

Finally, from sisters Christine and Claire at Domaine Gavignet-Béthanie et Filles in Nuits-Saint-Georges, we have an approachable, hedgerow and bright cherry-scented, medium-bodied Pinot Noir from the Premier Cru vineyard 'les Poulettes'. It is drinking well now and has the depth to last a decade.

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  1. Gevrey-Chambertin: Frédéric Magnien 'Vieilles Vignes' 2019
    Bottle
    £42.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £504.00
  2. Gevrey-Chambertin: Frédéric Magnien 'Lavaut-Saint-Jacques' Premier Cru 2019
    Bottle
    £69.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £828.00
  3. Gevrey-Chambertin: Frédéric Magnien 'Vieilles Vignes' 2014
    Half Bottle
    £25.00
    Half Bottle (Case)
    £600.00
  4. Côte de Nuits-Villages: Frédéric Magnien 'Croix Violette' 2018
    Bottle
    £29.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £348.00
  5. Charmes-Chambertin: Domaine Henri Richard Grand Cru 2014
    Bottle
    £112.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £1,344.00
  6. Chambolle Musigny: Domaine Misset-Cheron 'Les Condemennes' 2015
    Bottle
    £45.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £540.00
  7. Morey-Saint-Denis: Frédéric Magnien 'Herbuottes' 2016
    Bottle
    £42.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £504.00
  8. Vougeot: Domaine Bertagna 'Le Village' Rouge 2017
    Bottle
    £46.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £552.00
  9. Nuits-Saint-Georges: Domaine Bertagna Premier Cru 'Les Murgers' 2016
    Half Bottle
    £37.75
    Half Bottle (Case)
    £906.00
  10. Vougeot: Domaine Bertagna Premier Cru 'Les Cras' 2018
    Bottle
    £75.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £900.00
    Half Bottle
    £39.95
    Half Bottle (Case)
    £958.80
  11. Vosne Romanée: Domaine Misset-Cheron 'Les Barreaux' 2014
    Bottle
    £48.00
    Bottle (Case)
    £576.00
  12. Gevrey-Chambertin: Domaine Henri Richard 'Aux Corvées' 2015
    Bottle
    £46.50
    Bottle (Case)
    £558.00
    Magnum
    £95.00
    Magnum (Case)
    £570.00
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