The southern half of the heart of Burgundy
Separated from the Côte de Nuits by the hill of Corton (all of whose vineyards are classified as Grand Cru), the Côte de Beaune comprises the southern half of the Côte d’Or. Whereas the Côte de Nuits is virtually synonymous with Pinot Noir, the Côte de Beaune produces both red and white wines—the latter primarily from Chardonnay, but with small plantings of the indigenous Aligoté, the popularity of which has been on a steady climb as prices throughout the region continue to rise. The most coveted Chardonnay wines in the world are found here, in the grand crus of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet, as well as on Corton, in the Corton-Charlemagne appellation. The unbroken slope of the Côte de Nuits here becomes less regular, with more twists and a greater variety of expositions—including in the offshoot valleys of Saint-Romain and Saint-Aubin. Other notable villages include Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Savigny-les-Beaune, Chorey-les-Beaune, Ladoix-Serrigny, Aloxe-Corton, Pernand-Vergelesses, Santenay, Maranges, and, of course, Beaune—the heart of the Burgundy wine region.