Burgundy - Côte d'Or, Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais

5 important questions on Burgundy - Côte d'Or, Côte Chalonnaise and Mâconnais

How is the Côte d'Or composed

  • Dijon in the north, Chagny in the south, Beaune in the middle
    • Côte the Nuits from Dijon to Beaune (Ladoix Serrigny)
    • Côte the Beaune from Beaune (Ladoix Serrigny) to Chagnay (Santenay)
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In which two sub areas is the Côte d'Or divided?

The Côte d'Or is divided into the Côte de Nuits which runs south from Dijon to just south of Nuits-Saint-Georges and the Côte the Beaune, wich runs south  from there to Santenay.
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What are some of the varying aspects of different clones

  • Yields
  • disease tolerance
  • speed of ripening
  • fruit characteristics
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What are de (dis-)advantages of whole bunch pressing (Burgundy)

  • It aids aeration
  • adds perfume, freshness, fine tannins
  • unripe stems > green astringent tannins > lower acidity
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Why is cold soaking common for Pinot Noir in Burgundy?

  • PN has low anthocyanin compared to other black varieties.
  • Therefore cold soaking for few hours to a few days maximises the extraction of colour.
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