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)

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.

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

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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