Burgundy’s most famous and most expensive wines originate in the Côte d’Or appellation, a band of vineyards extending from the southern outskirts of Dijon to Santenay. On the east side of this limestone escarpment the vineyards spill down the hillside onto the valley floor. A designated 60-kilometer long road route through the vineyards, the Route des Grands Crus, takes oenophiles through the heart of the best vineyards in the Côte d’Or. Tourists traveling this route pass through and by the communes whose names have become famous to wine lovers worldwide. Visiting this area of Burgundy is a pilgrimage for wine lovers.
The most famous vineyard in Burgundy, and arguably the world, is Romanée-Conti. Romanée-Conti near the village of Vosne-Romanée produces some of the most prized and expensive wines on the globe. Costing several thousands of dollars per bottle, I’ll likely never try a glass of a Romanée-Conti. Indeed, the wine is so expensive that an individual grape hanging on a vine is worth about $15 by the time its juices make it into a bottle. That’s some mighty expensive fruit.