This famous and historical region is based on the eastern side of France, roughly between Auxerre in the north and Chalon-sur-Saône in the south. It is the spiritual home of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – the two principle grapes of the region. It is also considered to be the gastronomic region of France.
It is an area of small holdings, typically 4-5 hectares in size. The land is parcellated and it is not unusual for vignerons to own tiny parcels of vines scattered over a wide area. The Côte d’Or or golden slopes form the central part of Burgundy, and the red wines tend to be smooth and supple with red berry flavours and a scent that can be earthy and beguiling, especially with age. The whites can be rich, biscuity and mineral, with delicious ripe melon flavours, honey and nuts. In the north, some 140km from Beaune the cool climate appellation of Chablis tends to produce unique Chardonnays with thrilling acidity and minerality.
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The Jacob’s own around 24 hectares of vineyards in some great locations throughout the Côte d’Or. Stylistically, the wines have great energy and bright fruit and reflect brilliantly the varied and complex terroir of the region. Evocative names such as Gevrey-Chambertin and Beaune Premier Cru Les Avaux are produced in very small quantities exclusively for our members. Domaine Jacob is one of our most popular vineyards. It’s a lovely place to visit and you can expect a warm welcome from the family.
Gevrey-Chambertin En Songe 2011
Gevrey-Chambertin En Songe 2010
Beaune 1er Cru Les Avaux 2012
Beaune 1er Cru Les Avaux 2013
Our exclusive Gevrey-Chambertin En Songe comes from a tiny parcel of vines within the famous appellation of Gevrey-Chambertin in the Côte de Nuits. The wines have classical Pinot Noir expression with delicate raspberry and cherry fruit, overlaid with exotic spices from the extended barrel ageing. Known for being quite foursquare in youth, Jean-Michel Jacob’s Gevrey can be drunk young, but will age gracefully over a 7 to 10 year period.
Our exclusive Beaune Premier Cru comes from the famous 34-acre Les Avaux vineyard to the west of Beaune. The wines of Beaune are renowned for their delicate softness and floral aromas. They can age gracefully and develop into some of the most succulent and appealing burgundies of all. Typically, the Jacob style has well defined aromatics with freshness and verve in the mouth and intense flavours of plum, black cherry and exotic spice.
This Premier Cru wine comes from a beautiful village nestling in the valley to the west of Beaune. It is renowned for producing very classy, delicately styled Pinot Noir. In good vintages, it can have wonderful silky texture and a scent and flavour of wild berries intermixed with exotic spice and pepper. It can be enjoyed young, but will age well for up to a decade – befitting of its 1er Cru status.
The Hautes Côtes de Beaune blanc Les Larrets is a classic, lightly oaked, well-balanced Chardonnay. The Les Larrets vineyard nestles high in the Hautes Côtes on a sun-drenched slope. The wine is vibrant with lovely citrus and greengage flavours topped with toasty oak in the finish. Best drunk within three years of the vintage, preferably with roast pork belly and roasted fennel.
The Hautes Côtes de Beaune rouge is grown on higher ground and tends to be a touch lighter than the Savigny-lès-Beaune. It offers an excellent introduction to the delights of Pinot Noir from Burgundy and remains excellent value. It tends to be light ruby in colour with lovely red berry fruit aromas on the nose. The palate is light and elegant with deliciously fresh fruit reminiscent of summer pudding. Drink 3-4 years.
The Savigny-lès-Beaune rouge comes from a large, south-facing vineyard area just to the south of the famous hill of Corton – an iconic landmark in the geological sense. The wines are somewhere in between Volnay and Beaune in style, perhaps a touch more rustic, but always reasonable value. It is bright and refreshing with crunchy redcurrant and berry fruit, intermixed with spice and minerals. A pretty, elegant Pinot rather than powerful to be drunk within 5-7 years.
The Désertaux family – brother and sister duo Vincent and Christine, ably assisted by Vincent’s wife Geneviève – craft a range of beautiful, award-winning wines from some very famous appellations. For lovers of crisp, mineral and finely balanced Chardonnay and smooth, berry-infused Pinot Noir, their wines are a delight !
Côte de Nuits-Villages blanc 2010
Côte de Nuits-Villages blanc 2008
Côte de Nuits-Villages blanc 2013
Côte de Nuits-Villages rouge 2013
Our Côte de Nuits-Villages blanc is a unique blend of 20% old vine Pinot Blanc and 80% Chardonnay matured in around 20% new oak. It has wonderful minerality on the nose and a smoky, lemony quality from the Pinot Blanc. The palate is very fine and elegant with crisp citrus fruit, a touch of melon and finely judged spicy oak. It has won many top awards in International competitions. Drink within 3-4 years of the vintage.
Our exclusive Côte de Nuits-Villages rouge Les Perrières comes from a small parcel of iron-rich red soils containing a mix of very young and old vines, some dating back more than 60 years. It is matured for 12 months in around 25% new French oak barrels and is light ruby in colour with fragrant nose and impressively fresh, savoury, creamy and supple palate infused with intense red and black fruits and exotic spices.
Domaine Vrignaud is brilliantly run by 5th generation vigneron Guillaume Vrignaud. The domaine is based in the sleepy village of Fontenay-près-Chablis just ten minutes drive from the town of Chablis itself. The 19 hectare estate is run organically and the style of Chablis is very classical – pure and mineral with lovely richness, reflecting the different terroirs and parcels they own in and around Fontenay.
Their entire range is beautifully crafted, from Petit Chablis through to Grand Cru. All the wines display a lovely balance of acidity and concentration of fruit. As they are based in the heart of the famous Fourchaume Premier Cru vineyard region, this happens to be one of their specialities, with wonderfully stoney austerity and with an impressive ability to age.
Guillaume Vrignaud makes a classic style of unoaked Chablis for us. On the nose it has an intense floral, saline and smokey scent. In the mouth it is at once fresh, clean and pristine with delicious steely citrus fruits that fattens out on the palate with supple, juicy, slightly buttery notes. It has a long, fruity and elegant finish. It makes an excellent aperitif, but will also work extremely well with many dishes such as cheesy gougères, oysters, moules marinières and andouillettes. Drinks best within five years.
Domaine Vrignaud have six hectares of vines within the famous Fourchaume vineyard. Ours is a classic unoaked style 1er Cru Chablis with a deepish, straw colour. On the nose it is fresh and mineral with saline undertones. In the mouth it has lovely juicy acidity supporting nicely concentrated greengauge and citrus fruit leading to a very intense, rounded and creamy finish with a touch of spice at the back. It can be drunk young and fresh, but will age for up to a decade. For an excellent pairing, try sushi, sashimi, poached salmon with mayonnaise or pôchouse a creamy river fish stew. For cheeses, try Chaource or goat’s cheese.
The hotels, chambres d’hôtes and gîtes we recommend in the Côte d’Or and Chablis are all personally known to us and are where we stay when we visit our winemakers. They have been selected because they are convenient for the vineyards, offer a warm welcome and provide good value for money within their category.