to the east or golden? – the côte d’or


&nbsp:Yesterday looking down on Volnay and Pommard

There are competing possibilities as to why the Côte d’Or is called the Côte d’Or.

Yesterday afternoon – even without sunshine – showed why so many people consider d’Or to mean gold – the golden slope – but of-course it lasts, at best, for only a couple of weeks per year before all the vines’ leaves are on the floor.

I personally believe that it is a contraction of Côte d’Orient – meaning an east-facing hillside – which the Côte d’Or is. I’ve seen enough middle-ages maps – including of Burgundy – with Côte d’Orient in script on them to persuade me that this is a more valid reason. But this week, at least, I’m also very comfortable with gold!

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 3 responses to “to the east or golden? – the côte d’or”

  1. sieber pablo26th October 2016 at 9:06 amPermalinkReply

    hi bill
    we was also there monday and tuesday. and was waiting for the sun .We stayed in the montrachet.

    • billn26th October 2016 at 9:12 amPermalinkReply

      We just missed each other then Pablo – I was drinking coffee in the Le Montrachet lounge yesterday, between 9 and 9h45am!
      Now in rainy Bern…

  2. Sycamore27th October 2016 at 4:23 amPermalinkReply

    Oh, my — gorgeous — thanks!

  3. Jacob16th November 2016 at 2:51 pmPermalinkReply

    We, this time a group of six friends from Holland, were over for some days (27 – 29 October, returning the 30th).
    Indeed, very beautiful wheather and views – also at night because at Mavilly Mandelot it is a lot darker than in the cities we live in.

    Domaine visits:

    – Fougeray de Beauclair (Marsannay là Côte, wonderful Clos Marion white and Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2014).
    – Domaine Denis (Pernand Vergelesses, well priced white and red Grand Cru’s of the Corton hill).
    – Maison Parigot (Savigny lès Beaune, lovely tasting and a very promising Cuvée Prestige 2012).

    – Domaine de la Monette (Mercury, where Marlon and Roelof showed us their affordable wines can age very well).
    – Domaine Chavy (Puligny Montrachet, not that much wines, but excellent Meursault Charmes and Puligny Pucelles premier cru’s).
    – Domaine Bachelet, Jean-Claude et Fils (Saint Aubin, this had been a while but some wines available this time, lovely red and white Saint Aubin 1er Cru 2014)

    – Domaine Parigot, Père & Fils (Meloisey, great wines, especcially the reds like Beaune and Pommard 1e Cru)
    – Domaine Charles, François & Fils (Nantoux, where we had a tasting followed by a well prepared lunch with some additional negociant wines like Chablis and Macon Villages, both very characteristic).

    A relative quiet weekend compared with former years. However, we will remember it because of the gîte La Villa where the kitchen (where we prepared our own dinners) is nicely integrated into the living room so we had a lovely time amongst friends.

    Next visit: end of May ’17

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