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Côte Chalonnaise

The Côte d’Or’s less flashy southern neighbor

Situated just south of the Côte de Beaune and north of the Maconnais, the Côte Chalonnaise comprises five winegrowing villages; from north to south, they are: Bouzeron (the sole Aligoté-only appellation in Burgundy), Mercurey, Rully, Givry, and Montagny. The escarpment which dominates the Côte de Nuits and, to a lesser extent, the Côte de Beaune here gives way to a more broken-up series of hills and slopes, and if the wines from the Côte Chalonnaise are slightly less complex and more rustic than those of their northern neighbors, they tend to offer remarkable value. Both whites and reds are produced here, primarily from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as in the Côte d’Or, but also from Aligoté and Gamay.

vineyard field