In parallel with Gevrey-Chambertin to the north, this large appellation is much sought after and capable of producing first class wines when made by a top grower, though it may not often be the case when you consider that within its 320 hectares of vine (95% red) there are around 250 growers. Nuits-St-Georges is at the heart of the Côte de Nuits, midway between Dijon and Beaune, and its vines spread up the lowly undulating and rising slopes toward the west, away from the road as you head north.
The soil here is mixed, with thicker clay soils, more marl, more ironstone and less broken limestone. The majority of vines are planted on the flatter, more alluvial soils, where richer soil gives more fruit and less concentration. This is where the negociants find their Nuit-St-Georges. The escarpment of Comblanchien starts to dip down towards the road here, its protective height diminishing, but on the protected slopes to the north you will find a handful of good Domaines, toiling amongst the neat vines, pruning and farming more sustainably where possible, and this is also where you will also find all 41 of the Premier Crus of Nuits-St-Georges. The better drainage, aspect and soils give lower yields, more frost and wind protection and a better concentration of fruit in the resultant wines. The southern commune of Primeux-Prissey is often mentioned as amongst the best of the villages. In all cases the wines of Nuits-St-Georges are full, muscular and need several years to develop their signature black fruits character.