I visited here in April 2019. The tasting at Domaine Nudant was amazing. We were basically over the road from the bulk of their vines. Ladoix-Serrigny is not a popular appellation or seen as a great place in Burgundy. However, we tasted wines Domaine Nudant made in Ladoix-Serrigny that are perfectly charming. In addition, is a range from other more celebrated appellations that included Grand Cru wines. After we finished I found myself drawn to the Ladoix-Serrigny wines. They were the most approachable and pleasing to drink at that moment in time.
Les Buis is a tiny Premier Cru wholly within the bigger Les Corvee Premier Cru vineyard. Having tasted both side by side I can see exactly why this patch is singled out. The Corvee was good and Les Buis built on that to give greater intensity, power, and some layers of flavour. This is a wine that is still young. If you want to drink it now, I heartily suggest you give it a lot of air. But ideally, you would put this wine aside until 2026 at the least.
Although Ladoix is basically on the hill of Corton, the wines here get very little attention. Especially compared to neighbours Aloxe-Corton and Pernand-Vergelesses. In general, the wines are on the lighter side, less complex than other appellations but that means they are quite lovely to drink young. And they are often priced at a point where you can afford to drink them regularly.
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote d’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge, some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.