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France: Burgundy's Cote d'Or

What are the Great Wines of the Cote d’Or?
The Cote d’Or translates to English as the golden slope, in reference to the area’s worldwide renown for producing some of the finest wines in the world. Chardonnay and the fickle Pinot Noir are the grapes of choice in this tiny slice of Burgundy where climate and soil have come together so uniquely to make for (on occasion) brilliant wines. White Burgundy from the Cote d’Or is revered for its firmness of structure, clarity of flavor, and purity of expression, while the red is all finesse—complex and ephemeral aromas with a seamless and velvety impression in the mouth. Romance aside, there is also a lot of bad Burgundy that trades shamelessly at high prices on the reputation of the region as a whole. Further, Burgundy is prone to very difficult vintages, where only two in ten will yield the sought after results. These conditions, in combination with minute quantities and extravagant prices have led many to term Burgundy, quite rightly, a minefield. It is all too common to spend a great deal of money and not be satisfied with the results. A conscientious producer in Burgundy means everything. Pay careful attention to the best producers for they will produce better wine in "off" years than many of their peers will in the next "vintage of the century." You are guaranteed to be poorer for the experience, but at least you will probably not have your efforts rewarded with a thin and insipid, often undrinkable wine. Beyond this maxim, Burgundy is a hugely complex subject that can take a lifetime to come to grips with. Perhaps in no other region of the world is such a list so sorely needed, as is the guidance it will bring. Tread forth into the minefield at your own risk. Was it Caveat Emptor who was one of the first Dukes of the medieval kingdom of Burgundy?

Premier Producers
Bonneau du Martray
Marquis D’Angerville
Domaine Dujac
Louis Jadot (Premier & Grand Cru Cote d’Or Bottlings)
Henry Jayer
Comtes Lafon
Domaine Leflaive
Domaine Leroy
Aromand Rousseau
Comtes George de Vogüe

Great Producers
JM Boillot
Daniel Chopin
J.J. Confuron
Rene Engel
Henri Gouges
Louis Jadot
Louis Latour
Olivier Leflaive
Maison Leroy
Thomas Moillard
J. Frederic Mugnier
H. de Montille
Denis Mortet
Michel Niellon
Pousse d’Or
Georges Roumier
Etienne Sauzet
Christian Serafin

Dependable Producers
Robert Ampeau
Robert Arnoux
Denis Bachelet
Ghislaine Barthod-Noëllat
Michel Bouzereau
Alain Burguet
Louis Carillon
Sylvain Cathiard
Jean Chauvenet
Robert Chevillon
Bruno Clair
Bruno Clavelier
Jacky Confuron-Conteditot
Joseph Drouhin
Claude Dugat
Bernard Dugat-Py
Andre Esmonin
Jean-Noel Gagnard
Robert Groffier
Anne Gros
Alain Hudelot-Noëllat
Patrick Javillier
Francois Jobard
Prince Florent de Merode
Pierre Morey
Albert Morot
Philippe Naddef
Daniel Rion
Joseph Roty

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