Waiting patiently for your Burgundies from the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits to reach their fully mature exquisiteness? The five wine-producing communes of the Côte Chalonnaise a little further south provide some excellent options for earlier drinking, advises Clive Coates MW
Secondly, the wines evolve fast. The whites are ready after a year or 18 months in bottle, the reds soften and mellow a few years after that.
And they will keep. The 2010 and 2009 whites are holding up well. And I still have 2002 reds in my cellar, which are delicious.
The Côte Chalonnaise spans five communes, beginning to the southeast – and closer to the River Saône – of Santenay, the southernmost commune of the Côte d’Or. The soil is largely crumbly limestone, without the hard rock found in the Côte de Nuits and in Chassagne-Montrachet, mixed variously with clay, gravel and sand, and with marl on higher slopes, this latter absent in the Côte d’Or.