Morey-Saint-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, and Vougeot
This is the central section of the Côte de Nuits, and marks the rise of a terrific run of Grand Cru vineyards and amazing village level wines.
Morey-Saint-Denis is tiny and awesome. A string of top level Grand Cru vineyards, which are all very consistent in style, cut through the AOC. The Premier Crus of Morey-St. Denis don’t deliver the power and concentration of the Grand Crus, but they add tremendous value to village-level wines.
Wikipedia page: Morey-Saint-Denis wine
Burgundy Report: Morey-Saint-Denis
100% Pinot Noir wines with a reputation for outstanding quality, finesse, soul, and age-worthiness. These are serious wines! The village itself is as cute as can be, and this is a great base to spend a day biking around these legendary vineyards.
The two Grand Cru vineyards, one on each end of the appellation, run at a higher elevation than the rest of the area. There is one great Premier Cru vineyard, Les Amoureuses, that really should be a Grand Cru. Look for this particular wine (made by a number of Domaines and Negociants) if you want a super special bottle without a Grand Cru price.
Wikipedia page: Chambolle-Musigny
Wine Searcher info page: Chambolle-Musigny
Burgundy Report: Chambolle-Musigny
Vougeot and Clos de Vougeot
“Vougeot” as a village and AOC is overshadowed by the Grand Cru vineyard of Clos de Vougeot.
There is much controversy here. The Grand Cru is HUGE and quality is variable across the hill and across producers. Don’t get me wrong … there is a lot of good wine being made here … but the idea of terroir and site-specific characteristics fall off a bit when talking about this particular Grand Cru.
The main lesson is to shop carefully and don’t be too tempted by the ‘bargain’ Grand Cru of Clos de Vougeot without having a deep understanding of the producer who made it and the vintage quality.
Travel: To visit the Chateau de Clos de Vougeot is a must-do for the Burgundy wine tourist.
See for yourself how fragmented the ownership of Clos de Vougeot is