24 grands crus
The Côte de Nuits is home to the majority of the Grands crus of Burgundy: 24 of the region’s 33 Grands crus come from here. Each of these world-class wines are an expression of the unique character and excellence of the plots on which they are grown.
Rare and precious
53% of Burgundy’s wines carry the “Régionale” classification, 46% “Village Premier Cru” and just 1% “Grand cru”. Suffice it to say that Grands Crus are both rare and valuable. Each of these wines combines excellence with ageing potential, complexity with sophistication. Each Grand Cru is the purest expression of the unique character of the plot on which it is grown; only the name of the Climat (a term used for the terroirs of this region) is given on the label, rather than the name of the village (e.g. Corton, Montrachet, Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Clos de Tart, etc.).
The Climats of Burgundy
“Climat” is a Burgundian term used to describe the wine terroirs of the region. The Climats, which are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, are vine plots that have been carefully marked out, named and highlighted over the course of centuries.
Each Climat has its own personality, which is shaped as much by its cultural history, spanning over a thousand years, as it is by the natural conditions of its soil, sub-soil, exposure and microclimate. Climat wines each have their own distinct flavour, which is why a single grape variety is used to make them (Pinot Noir for red wines, Chardonnay for white wines). Each of the wines also has its own place in the Burgundy wine classification system.
An exceptional heritage
The “Vignobles et Découvertes” certification Label
France, the world’s leading wine producer, enjoys a high level of tourism thanks to the prestige of the appellations produced on its territory. Vines and wines attract tourists from all over the world, in search of unique landscapes and prestigious appellations.
Wine tourism is centered around the discovery of wine-making methods, tasting and purchasing, but also on broader offers such as activities in the vineyards, catering or even accommodation.
The Vignobles & Découvertes (Vineyards & Discovery) certification Label rewards destinations and services that commit to following a set of criteria identifying them as “wine tourism” and meeting the expectations of tourists looking to immerse themselves in the wine sector.