Côte de Beaune and hautes côtes de Beaune vineyardThe Côte de Beaune vineyard covers only about twenty kilometres, between Ladoix-Serrigny and the magnificent slope of the Maranges. On this often narrow slope (barely a few hundred metres wide), magnificently exposed to the rising sun, the greatest dry white wines in the world grow alongside renowned red wines. The fame of the Côte de Beaune vineyard is closely related to its capital, Beaune, the true historical and economic centre of Bourgogne wine production. Above the Côte de Beaune there is a plateau 400 metres in altitude, crossed by valleys that create a hilly landscape. These are the Hautes Côtes de Beaune. About twenty wine-growing villages have installed their vineyard there on the sunniest slopes, creating the appellation Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune.
→ The soil
The foundation of the soils of the Côte de Beaune consists of marly limestone and marls from the middle and Upper Jurassic era. The Hautes-Côtes de Beaune vineyard extends over the slopes of valleys carved out to the West of the Côte de Beaune in the Burgundian plateau. (link to the "terroirs" section)
→ The climate
Hot summers and dry autumns are factors for the good maturation of the grapes. These climatic conditions provide the grapes with rich sugars and colours.
→ The grape variety:
The Côte de Nuits is the terroir where the Pinot Noir, the traditional red grape variety of Bourgogne, flourishes supremely well. However, in rare places, white Chardonnay vines can be found. (Link to the “grape variety” section)
→ The appellations :
• BOURGOGNE HAUTES CÔTES DE BEAUNE
• COTE DE BEAUNE
• CÔTE DE BEAUNE-VILLAGES
Like all the vineyards in Bourgogne, the Côte de Beaune vineyard produces the whole range of regional appellations: Bourgogne, Bourgogne Aligoté, Bourgogne Passe-tout-grain, Crémant de Bourgogne
Côte de Beaune and hautes côtes de Beaune