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Auxey-Duresses

The Bourgogne winegrowing region produces great wines with historical and international renown.
Although the most famous may be the Premiers and Grands Crus, there are also many wonderful appellations Régionales and Village for you to discover.
With 84 appellations to explore, your adventure has only just begun!

For many years, the Bourgogne winegrowing region has claimed to have around 100 AOCs. However, there are in fact 84 AOCs. The rest made up by the Dénominations Géographiques Complémentaires (DGCs) within the Bourgogne AOC.  

Wine Characteristics

Red: its bright ruby colour is neither too light nor too dark. The bouquet, too, is well-balanced between rich aromas of small black fruits (blackcurant, blackberry, bilberry…) and flower scents (peony). In the mouth, the attack is refined and supple, measured, meaty and pleasing. When young, there may be a touch of astringency but its tannins soon soften and its texture becomes velvety and it develops musky notes, as well as those of leather and spices.
White: the eye is caught by its pale straw colour and crystal clarity, matching its aromas of fresh almond and apple, to which are added biscuity and mineral (gunflint) notes. It tickles the palate in an agreeable fashion – sprightly when young, fuller and meatier with age, but always with good aromatic persistence.
 

Wine Steward’s Tip

Red: its velvety and well-moderated tannins make Auxey-Duresses an ideal partner for delicate or white meats. Its supple attack and its notes of red and black fruits give it a wide range. Its charm shines when paired with cold cuts, roasts of pork or veal, kebabs, rabbit, pasta dishes with herbs, and chicken risottos. Grilled fish also succumbs to its allure.
Serving temperature: 15 to 16°C.
White: likeable and lively, its fruit retains its fullness through a long finish and for this reason it goes well with prawns and fish in spicy sauces, as well as ratatouille and cooked shellfish. It can likewise be paired with cheeses of the Gruyère family, blue cheeses, and certain types of goat’s cheese.
Serving temperature: 12 to 14°C.
 

Situation


Auxey-Duresses (pronounced “Aussey”) stands at the entrance to a valley which runs from the Côte de Beaune into the Hautes Côtes, following the road that leads from Beaune to Autun amongst hump-backed hillsides.
Together with its hamlets of Petit-Auxey and Mélian, Auxey-Duresses is incontestably one of Bourgogne’s Celtic and Gallo-Roman wine-growing districts. It was formerly an outlying property of the abbey of Cluny, producing both grains and grapes. The corn-mills have now gone but there are still wine presses. Auxey-Duresses was granted its AOC status in 1937.
 

Terroirs

Nature determines which plots suit the white wines and which the reds. On the hill of Bourdon, geologically an extension of Volnay and Monthélie, the soil is a pebbly marl-limestone mix which gives vigour to the east/south-east facing vineyard of Duresses. The Climat “Climat du Val”, on the other hand, faces south and has very limey soil, while in La Chapelle marl predominates over limestone. And on the hill of Mélian, the fine-textured soil prefigures that of nearby Meursault and Puligny, the paradise of white wines.

List of "Climats et Lieux-dits" for this appellation

"Climats" classified as 1er Cru

  • Bas des Duresses
  • Climat du Val
  • Clos du Val
  • La Chapelle
  • Les Bréterins
  • Les Duresses
  • Les Ecussaux
  • Les Grands Champs
  • Reugne

Lieux-dits

  • Auxey-Duresses
  • Creux de Borgey
  • Creux de Tillet
  • Derrière le Four
  • En Polianges
  • En Saussois
  • La Canée
  • La Chateille
  • La Jonchère
  • La Macabrée
  • La Montagne du Bourdon
  • La Ruchotte
  • Largillas
  • Le Larrey des Hoz
  • Le Moulin Moine
  • Le Pain Haut
  • Le Plain de Lugny
  • Le Porolley
  • Les Boutonniers
  • Les Closeaux
  • Les Cloux
  • Les Crais
  • Les Fosses
  • Les Grandes Vignes
  • Les Hautés
  • Les Heptures
  • Les Hoz
  • Les Lavières
  • Les Riames
  • Les Rondières
  • Les Vireux
  • Nampoillon
  • Pain Perdu
  • Sous la Velle
  • Sous le Marsain
  • Sur Melin

Bourgogne appellations

  • Category

    Village appellation

  • Wine-producing region

    VIGNOBLE DE LA CÔTE DE BEAUNE

  • Information

    Appellation Village of the Côte de Beaune region (Côte-d’Or).
    This appellation includes 9 Premiers Crus Climats.
    Producing commune: Auxey-Duresses.
    The appellation AUXEY-DURESSES and AUXEY-DURESSES PREMIER CRU may be followed by the name of a specific Climat.
     

  • Production surface area


    Area under production*:
    1 hectare (ha) = 10,000 m2 = 24 ouvrées.
    Reds: 93.13 ha (including 27.17 ha Premier Cru).
    Whites: 40.09 ha (including 2.03 ha Premier Cru).
     

Coulour

Red wines - Pinot Noir.
White wines - Chardonnay.
 

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