Bourgogne and its appellations

Côte de Beaune


Red wines - Pinot Noir
White wines - Chardonnay

Wine Characteristics

Like its close neighbour and kin of the Beaune appellation, the red wine of the Côte de Beaune is a straight ruby colour with a hint of mauve highlights.
The nose is straightforward (small red fruits and notes of animal, humus and underbrush), and preludes a round and seductive palate with just the right degree of acidity to ensure some keeping potential. Its texture is firm without severity, flavorful and captivating.
The white (from the Chardonnay grape) has everything that it should have: vivacity, brilliance, and intense gold colour. The bouquet features citrus and freshly-mown grass. Rounded and supple, it has good backing from the acidity. It charms the palate with its fruit plus a touch of minerality, and finishes, frequently, on hazelnut.

Wine Steward’s Tip

Red: powerful but smooth, it has the forceful aromatic appeal that characterizes the Burgundian Pinot Noir. Toothsome roasts of pork or beef, or braised veal harmonise well with the Côte de Beaune reds since they match each other in aromatic power and the flattering roundness of the wine will make the meat seem to melt in the mouth.
Cheeses: Soumaintrain, Munster, Chaource.
Serving temperature: 15 to 16°C.

White: the characteristic roundness of the Chardonnay, backed by vivacious citrus aromas makes it the partner of choice for poultry in white sauce, pasta, risotto with shellfish and almost any salt-water fish, poached or steamed.
Cheeses: Comté, Beaufort, Gruyère, and goat cheeses.
Serving temperature: 12 to 13°C


When Beaune’s twins AOCs were instituted in 1936, it was the higher altitude vineyards which became the Côte de Beaune appellation. Unlike the appellation Côte de Beaune-Village, with which it must not be confused, it refers to one commune only - Beaune. Within this relatively restricted area, the appellation Côte de Beaune produces one third white wines (Chardonnay) to two-thirds red (Pinot Noir).


The Côte de Beaune vineyards lie on the upper slopes of the Montagne de Beaune just above the Premier Cru plots at heights of 300 to 370 metres and on brown limestone and calcium-rich soils, Oolitic and Rauracian (Jurassic) in origin. The special value of these vineyards is attested by the fact that one of the Climats belonging to this appellation, located on Mont Battois, is a dedicated part of Bourgogne’s vine-science research program.

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


  • Dessus des Marconnets
  • La Grande Châtelaine
  • Les Mondes Rondes
  • Les Monsnières
  • Les Pierres Blanches
  • Les Topes Bizot
  • Montbatois

Bourgogne appellations

  • Category

    Village appellation

  • Wine-producing region


  • Information

    Appellation Village of the Côte de Beaune region (Côte-d’Or).
    This appellation must not be confused with the appellation CÔTE DE BEAUNE-VILLAGES (for which see Appellation sheets N°35).
    Producing commune: Beaune.
    On the label, this appellation may be followed by the name of the Climat of origin.

  • Production surface area

    Area under production*:
    1 hectare (ha) = 10,000 m² = 24 ouvrées.
    Reds: 14.54 ha.
    Whites: 16.78 ha.

    * in 2018 

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