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Bourgogne Côtes du Couchois

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

The colour is a straightforward but intense ruby tending slightly towards purple. Its bouquet suggests small red fruits (strawberry, gooseberry) and black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry), followed by underbrush, mushroom, fruit-pits, spice, leather and fur. In the mouth, the wine is hearty and muscular. Extravagant, a touch rough in youth, but persistent and at the top of its form after two or three years. This wine does a fine job representing its
terroir and possesses an authentic Burgundian soul.

Wine Steward’s Tip

Red: this wine is open, honest and direct by nature. It has a solid tannic structure and a broad but light aromatic register. It is the ideal companion of poultry pies, fried veal, quiches, and hamburgers. Barbecues and pork spare-ribs honour its balanced directness and its black and red-fruit aromas.
Choose full-flavour cheeses such as Pont-l’Évêque, Époisses, or Vacherin.
Serving temperature: 14 to 16°C.


The Couchois region, lying South of the Maranges and South of the Hautes Côtes de Beaune, has been a wine-growing area since time immemorial .This hilly part of the region has achieved recognition as a distinct portion of the AOC Régionale Bourgogne (since the 2000 harvest) after a long campaign to have its quality officially recognised. Its red wine from the Pinot Noir grape is produced in the communes of Couches, Dracy-lès-Couches, Saint-Jean-de-Trézy, Saint-Maurice-lès-Couches, Saint-Pierre-de-Varennes and Saint-Sernin-du-Plain.


The vineyards lie on the clays and marls of the Upper Lias and amongst the limestones of the Middle Jurassic. Good easterly and southerly exposures provide excellent growing conditions for the Pinot Noir grape. These soils are close neighbours of the southern portion of the Hautes Côtes de Beaune and lie at altitudes between 200 and 300 metres.

Appellations Régionales, explained by Jean-Pierre Renard

Bourgogne appellations

  • Category

    Regionale Appellation ; Dénomination Géographique Complémentaire

  • Wine-producing region


  • Information

    Appellation Régionale of the Couchois region (Saône-et-Loire).
    The name CÔTES DU COUCHOIS may only be added to the word
    BOURGOGNE in the case of red wines produced within the defined area of the appellation.
    Producing communes: Couches, Dracy-lès-Couches, Saint-Jean-de-Trézy, Saint-Maurice-lès-Couches, Saint-Pierre-de-Varennes, Saint-Sernin-du-Plain.
    On the label, the words CÔTES DU COUCHOIS must follow the word BOURGOGNE.

  • Production surface area

    Area under production*:
    1 hectare (ha) = 10,000 m² = 24 ouvrées.
    8.35 ha approx.


Red wines exclusively - Pinot Noir

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