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Côte d'Or

The area of around 4,600 hectares (literally translated as "Golden Slope") is known as the heart of Burgundy and consists of a 50-kilometre-long chain of hills with many famous wine villages, strung together like pearls on a string. The main town is Beaune, founded by Julius Caesar (100-44 BC) as a Roman camp. The very apt name Côte d'Or is often identified with the great Burgundy wines par excellence. Many of the wines produced here have Grand Cru or Premier Cru status (see also under Burgundy Classification with a complete list of all Grands Crus). The region is divided into two areas: "Côte de Nuits" (1,600 ha) and "Côte de Beaune" (3,000 ha). The wines are mainly produced in pure variety, the red wines are made from Pinot Noir with small amounts of Pinot Gris and Pinot Liébault and the white wines from Chardonnay with small amounts of Aligoté and Pinot Blanc.

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