Bourgogne and its appellations



Reds only - Pinot Noir and César.
The César grape, of which there are some 5 hectares in the Irancy appellation, is said to have been brought here by the Roman legions. It is a vigorous variety which produces largish bunches of spherical blackberries. On its own (unblended) it yields a highly colored wine with red-fruit aromas and rich tannins.

Wine Characteristics

This is a red wine made from Pinot Noir grapes. An unusual feature is that it may, if desired, include in its composition up to 10% of César, a traditional grape of this region. Rich in tannins, lively in colour, the César is a noble grape which lends the wine an interesting personality. Minor differences are observable according to whether a given cuvée is made with Pinot Noir only or includes an element of César. The strong crimson colour of this wine, shading towards dark red, is rich in highlights. The bouquet is bursting with fruit aromas (blackcurrant, Morello cherry, raspberry, blackberry) with sometimes floral, liquorices or pepper notes. On the palate, the tannins melt into a firm and velvety structure. Its acidity is sufficient to ensure excellent keeping qualities (3-10 years).

Wine Steward’s Tip

Red: solid yet charming, Irancy cries out for dishes with strong, meaty flavors. Spare ribs and other barbecued meats will find it an enthusiastic partner because it combines virile tannins with real aromatic power.
Casseroles, of poultry for example, are another worthy match. And it goes without saying that cold cuts and pâtés, faggots and terrines find in Irancy a boon companion, its tannins balance the unctuousness of dishes like these.
The cheese board could include Camembert, Coulommiers, Brie de Meaux, Cantal, Chaource, Langres, Époisses, Soumaintrain…
Serving temperature: 15 to 18 °C.


Irancy, in the Grand Auxerrois region, stands on the right bank of the Yonne river, some fifteen kilometres South of Auxerre and South-West of Chablis. It is typical of the wine-growing villages of the district. It boasts a majestic church, as well as the house where G. Soufflot, architect of the Paris Panthéon, was born. The handsome winemaker’s houses make a fitting setting for a red wine with such a long-established reputation. It was raised to the status of an appellation Village, which it shares with the neighboring villages of Cravant and Vincelottes, in 1999.


The hillslopes hereabouts form a bowl surrounding the beginnings of a plateau below which runs the river Yonne. The slopes are for the most part composed of Kimmeridgian marls with an admixture of brown limestone soils and here the Pinot Noir grape flourishes at altitudes of 130-250 metres. Exposures vary, mostly southerly or South-westerly. Some terroirs have long been recognized as being of unusual merit.

The Irancy appellation investigated through its geology and geography

The Irancy appellation seen by Clotilde Davenne

The Irancy appellation seen by Nicolas Ferrari

An overview of Irancy appellation

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


  • Adroit de Veaudilien
  • Adroit du Val Suzeau
  • Bas de la Grande Côte
  • Boudardes
  • Bouguéelle
  • Chérelle Est
  • Chérelle Ouest
  • Côte Charmois Ouest
  • Côte du Moutier
  • Croix Rouge
  • Crot Chabout
  • Envers du Val des Noyers
  • Envers du Val Suzeau
  • Grenouillères
  • Haut Champreux
  • Haut de Boudardes
  • Hautes Charmois
  • La Bergère
  • La Bouysarde
  • La Cave
  • La Comme
  • La Croix Buteix
  • La Croizette
  • La Grande Côte Est
  • La Grande Côte Ouest
  • La Voie de Girard
  • La Voie des Vaches
  • Le Dessus du Vau Falleau
  • Le Haut du Val des Noyers
  • Le Haut du Val Suzeau
  • Le Paradis
  • Les Babuttes
  • Les Bâtardes
  • Les Beaux Monts
  • Les Bégnaux
  • Les Bessys
  • Les Cailles
  • Les Chandeliers
  • Les Courgilliers
  • Les Grandes Vignes
  • Les Hauts de Charmois
  • Les Marteaux
  • Les Mazelots
  • Les Mères
  • Les Petits Creux
  • Les Rez
  • Les Ronces
  • Les Sous le Bois
  • Les Traces
  • Les Tremblas
  • Les Veaux Lâchés
  • Mouroux
  • Palotte
  • Poncelles
  • Pré Monsieur
  • Renouel
  • Sous les Petits Creux
  • Trou Mombart
  • Vallée de Coigny
  • Vau Pavée Est
  • Vauregniers
  • Veauchassy
  • Veauliaux
  • Veaupessiot
  • Vodon
  • Voie d'Auxerre
  • Voie de Cravant

Bourgogne appellations

  • Category

    Village appellation

  • Wine-producing region


  • Information

    Appellation Village of the Auxerrois wine-growing region (Yonne).
    On the label, the name of the Climat from which the wine comes may appear immediately beneath the word IRANCY in letters no larger than half the size.
    Producing communes: Irancy, Cravant, Vincelottes.

  • Production surface area

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

    * in 2018

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