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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Nuits-St-Georges, small market town in Burgundy giving its name to the Côte de Nuits, the northern half of the Côte d’Or. Nuits-St-Georges has remained fully independent of beaune to the south and Dijon to the north, with numerous négociants making their headquarters here. The town also boasts its own charity auction, the Hospices de Nuits, held in March, when the wines can be better judged than those of the hospices de beaune in November.

The appellation Nuits-St-Georges can be divided into three parts. North of Nuits, abutting Vosne, the wines combine elegance with a rich, heady quality. The heartiest wines, deepest in colour and most tannic, come from the heartland just south of the town, while furthest south, in the commune of Prémeaux, the wines are a little lighter, and should not be over-extracted.