Off the Road
(Villars-Fontaine - Hautes Côtes de Nuits)
A short trip to the Hautes-Côtes into the hills which are situated above the Côte d'Or is definitely worthwhile. One findes good Burgundy at reasonable prices. Though they can't compete with some sensations from the Côte, they are, if they are good, typical wines and storable and have a refine taste. This year we visited Yves Bazin in Villars-Fontaine above Nuits-St.-Georges. whites:
Hautes Côtes de Nuits 1998 blanc
Hautes Côtes de Nuits 1998
Hautes Côtes de Nuits 1997
We also drank a 1986 Hautes Côtes de Nuits which we bought at Bazin's. The wine showed similar characteristics as discribed above. Amazingly it made the impression to be still young, but seemed not raly to have improved from the storing. The wine seems to be quite storable without developing much.