Nuits-Saint-Georges is a lively, bustling village that has kept up with modern development but still retains a historic feel. Boasting the largest village in Côte de Nuits, most of its inhabitants play a role in the wine industry - from grape growers and winemakers to barrel makers and winery staff.
About 307 hectares (759 acres) are planted with vines, and most of the produce here is Pinot Noir with a scant 10 hectares (25 acres) planted for Chardonnay. One of Nuits-Saint-Georges' leading wine producers, Domaine Faiveley has been in business since 1825 and is still headquartered here.
The appellation is divided into two parts, divided by the city itself. The northern part extends to the border of Vosne-Romanée, and the southern part is partly in Nuits-Saint-Georges and partly in Premeaux.
Corresponding differences are observed in the wines, their color is intense dusky crimson. The nose often contains rose and licorice. The young red wine has aromas of cherry, strawberry, and blackcurrant, and when matured, leather, truffle, fur, game. Notes of macerated fruit (plum) complete the picture. Muscular and powerful, tough and full. The structure is both well built and well balanced, and it is long on the palate. It is best enjoyed after several years of lying down. The (rare) whites have a strong golden color. They are firm and usually intoxicating with a bouquet of brioche and sometimes honey, supported by white flowers.
While there are no Grand Cru vineyards, there is an abundance of village-level red and white wines and Premier Cru. (Tip: If you're visiting Nuits-Saint-Georges, be sure to check out one of the many wine shops and ask for wines that are as local as possible and not exported - you'll find there are many).
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