Value-hunting in Burgundy's Hautes-Côtes

Nantoux signpost

Meloisey and Nantoux may be at the edge of the Côte d'Or, but it's worth the drive 10 minutes out of Beaune for some of Burgundy's best-value wines. 

The Hautes-Côtes de Beaune is a viticultural back of beyond, and just beyond the back of beyond is the end of the world. The Cirque du Bout du Monde, or ‘end of the world circus’, a romantic escarpment and grotto tucked up in the hills that rise behind Pommard, marks a point where the Hautes-Côtes vineyard transforms into rolling pasture running on to Autun to the west and Arnay-le-Duc to the north...