The Hautes-Côtes de Nuit are situated on a plateau behind the ridge hanging over the vineyards of the Côte de Nuit. They are spread over 19 communes, the names all refer to small hamlets. The big advantage here is the cooler climate providing a fresher type of Pinot noir and Chardonnay, not for the long haul but for immediate to short term drinking. The wines have a high acidity and work well with fattier food. As in other parts of the region 2018 has really profited regions that struggle to get phenolic ripeness.
One of the first Hautes de Côte de Nuits I tasted were Anne Gros at the Les grand jours de Bourgogne. After tasting too many Macon wines, they at the time did not really impress me. I however discovered a restaurant Le Meuzinc in the hinterland above Nuits-Saint-Georges, where there were a number of Hautes Cotes de Nuits on the wine list. The acidity of the wines really worked with the old fashioned traditional burgundian food.
This year we managed to get some of Anne Gros's Haut-Côtes wines, red and white.
Last night we had a chance to taste the latter. On the nose a whiff of reduction, fresh aromas of herbs and white stone fruit. On the palate the revelation. Already beautifuly balanced, subdued fruit, white peaches, floral element, a saline minerality and an exceptionally long mouthwatering finish. There is a light touch of wood, which the wine has enough substance to accomodate. One of the best whites from Burgundy I have tasted this year. it will be hard to sell them.