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Wine: Burgundy’s heritage

By Barry Smith   September 2015


The Côte d’Or in Burgundy is the latest wine region to be recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage Site, achieving that accolade in July. It is not the slopes but the climats—the precisely delineated parcels of vines, with their distinctive soils, micro-climates and traditions of human cultivation—that have been granted this status, and it is not hard to see why.

The gently sloping hills of the Côte d’Or—beginning just south of Dijon, skirting Beaune and continuing to Santenay—stand as part of nature, seamlessly connected to the rest of the landscape; and…

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