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Overview: The Côte d’Or

The heart of Burgundy is the Côte d’Or. It is on this magical stretch of hillside, starting south of the city of Dijon, that few would argue the most amazing Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs of the world are born.

As demonstrated in the video above, the Côte d’Or contains many personalities, and a few hints regarding the soil, the aspect, and the microclimates help to unveil why this place is so special.

The Côte d’Or is comprised of the Côte de Nuits to the North, and the Côte de Beaune to the South. Note that the division point between the two is north of the city of Beaune, at Ladoix and Aloxe-Corton.

The following video from Vin de Bourgognes (the official Burgundy marketing arm of the region), does an INCREDIBLE job giving you an overview from south to north (including the regions south of the Côte d’Or). Very worthwhile to watch in its entirety.

Map resources

Some good basic maps of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune can be found at the Society of Wine Educators page. These maps are only for personal use.
Côte de Nuits PDF from the Society of Wine Educators
Côte de Beaune PDF from the Society of Wine Educators

Some of the best maps of Burgundy are available via the Collection de Pierre Poupon website, shipping out of the legendary Athenaeum Bookstore in Beaune, directly across from the hospital (this is a must visit when there … plan on at least two hours of browsing). These are the most beautiful wall maps of Burgundy you can find.

There are also some amazingly cool Burgundy antique map reproductions to be found on Etsy including what looks to be a reproduction of the map I use in the video.

And lastly, the Burgundy Report website has a nice overview of Burgundy map resources for personal use.