Regional appellation of the Hautes Côtes vineyard district (dept. of Côte-d’Or) in Burgundy. The appellation, officially granted in 1961, comprises of 12 communes of the Hautes Côtes district plus the upper portions of 10 communes lying in the Côte de Beaune. In the Saône-et-Loire dept., it spreads over four communes of the Hautes Côtes as well as on the heights of three communes of the Côte de Beaune.
The Hautes Côtes overlooks the Côte de Beaune from the west, lying between Maranges and Ladoix-Serrigny. The interior is a succession of hills and valleys. The vines cover the sunny slopes at the foot of a limestone cliff. The villages clinging to the hillsides are composed of white stone buildings lining narrow streets.
At between 280 and 450 metres above sea-level, the vineyards occupy the best- exposed sides of valleys which run east-west at right angles to the axis of the Côte. The subsoil is dominated, especially in the south, by beds of marl. The slopes are steep in some places and frequently covered with limestone scree brought down from overhanging Bajocian formations higher up.
Already pleasant to drink, it can be kept in the cellar for 3 to 5 years.
Serve ideally at a temperature situated between 13 and 14°C. (55°-57F.).