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Grand Cru vineyards of the Côte de Nuits

Note the “Routes des Grand Crus” in the Gevrey-Chambertin AOC
Good illustration showing the fragmentation of some vineyard ownership, in this case the Chambertin Grand Cru. Source: Wine Talks Club

When it comes to the Grand Crus, keep in mind that buying a Grand Cru is not a guarantee of quality, but rather a guarantee of POTENTIAL quality.

Aging of Grand Crus is a matter of personal preference, but I like to go at least 10 years for both white and red. From certain producers of high quality vintages, the reds should age for 15 years. This is a hobby of delayed gratification!

A must read: The Assassin the Vineyard

There are 24 Grand Crus in the Cote de Nuits. I’ve added links to further articles on key vineyards. The ones with the * are the most important to learn a little bit about.

Cote de Nuits
1.     Bonnes Mares *
2.      Chambertin *
3.      Chambertin-Clos de Bèze
4.      Chapelle-Chambertin
5.      Charmes-Chambertin
6.      Clos de la Roche * (overview PDF of several Grand Crus here)
7.      Clos de Tart (monopole)
8.      Clos de Vougeot *
9.      Clos des Lambrays
10.    Clos Saint-Denis *
11.     Echezeaux *
12.     La Grande Rue (monopole)
13.     Grands Echezeaux
14.     Griotte-Chambertin
15.     Latricières-Chambertin
16.     Mazis-Chambertin
17.     Mazoyères-Chambertin
18.     Musigny *
19.     Richebourg *
20.    La Romanée (monopole, and the smallest AOC in France … 2 acres!) *
21.     Romanée Conti (monopole, owned by Domaine Romanee Conti) *
Here is a great article on Vinous about tasting Romanée Conti back to 1953
22.    Romanée Saint-Vivant *
23.    Ruchottes-Chambertin
24.    La Tache (monopole) *

Wikipedia: List of the Burgundy Grand Crus

Vinfolio: Good comparison of the Grand Crus of Burgundy