Bourgogne and its appellations



Red wines only - Pinot Noir

Wine Characteristics

Shades of red vary from pure ruby to black tulip and are often quite intense.
At other times the wine is a fiery red darkening to garnet with a touch of crimson. Ripe fruit over spices is frequently the main ingredient of the bouquet, modified by the presence of strawberry, raspberry, bilberry, or blackcurrant. These refined and well-blended aromas evolve with age into cherries-in-brandy, preserved fruits, leather and fur, and gamey/woodland scents. On the palate the wine is velvety and distinguished - the Pinot Noir at the top of its form. The wine may seem a little austere in its youth; it needs time in the bottle to develop structure and fleshy texture. Often full-bodied and voluptuous, this wine is the equivalent of a Rubens nude.

Wine Steward’s Tip

The powerfully tannic but nevertheless perfectly smooth build of this spicy, opulent, and meaty wine inclines it towards strongly-flavoured meats with a markedly fibrous consistency which the wine can tame and envelop. Goodquality poultry, lamb (patiently oven-roasted), and roast feathered game are easy first choices. But a thick cut of lean, firm-textured beef will match the wine’s fullness, while spicy couscous with poultry will be equally delighted with such a wine for company. A less obvious pairing - foie gras poêlé – also has its advocates amongst serious foodies. This wine has a sufficient force of personality to accompany intensely-flavoured cheeses such as Époisses,
Langres, Saint-Florentin, or Aisy cendré, as well as Cîteaux.
Serving temperature: 14 to 16°C.


“Bourgogne has produced nothing better than this little corner where all her charms come together”. So wrote Gaston Roupnel Burgundian author, celebrated historian of the French countryside. This “central pearl in Bourgogne’s necklace” harbours fabled Grands Crus: ROMANÉE-CONTI, ROMANÉE SAINTVIVANT, LA ROMANÉE, LA TÂCHE, LA GRANDE RUE, RICHEBOURG, and, in the neighbouring commune of FLAGEY-ÉCHEZEAUX, ÉCHEZEAUX and
GRANDS ÉCHEZEAUX. Close to this paradise, the appellation Village VOSNEROMANÉE and its Premiers Crus express the Pinot Noir grape at its heavenly best.


The plots growing the communal appellation lie either at the top of the slope or at its foot on either side of the Grand Cru Climats and in some cases reaching the same altitude. The soils are limestone mixed with clayey marls. Depth of soil varies from some tens of centimetres to 1 metre deep. The exposure is easterly.

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

"Climats" classified as 1er Cru

  • Au-dessus des Malconsorts
  • Aux Brulées
  • Aux Malconsorts
  • Aux Raignots
  • Clos des Réas
  • Cros Parantoux
  • En Orveaux
  • La Croix Rameau
  • Les Beaux Monts
  • Les Chaumes
  • Les Gaudichots
  • Les Petits Monts
  • Les Rouges
  • Les Suchots


  • Au-Dessus de la Rivière
  • Aux Champs Perdrix
  • Aux Communes
  • Aux Genaivrières
  • Aux Jachées
  • Aux Ormes
  • Aux Raviolles
  • Aux Réas
  • Aux Saules
  • Bossières
  • Champs Goudins
  • La Colombière
  • La Croix Blanche
  • La Montagne
  • Le Pré de la Folie
  • Les Barreaux
  • Les Beaux Monts Hauts Rougeots
  • Les Chalandins
  • Les Damaudes
  • Les Jacquines
  • Les Violettes
  • Maizières Basses
  • Maizières Hautes
  • Porte-Feuilles ou Murailles du Clos
  • Vigneux
  • Village

Bourgogne appellations

  • Category

    Village appellation

  • Wine-producing region


  • Information

    Appellation Village of the Côte de Nuits region (Côte-d’Or).
    This appellation includes 14 Premiers Crus Climats.
    Producing communes: Vosne-Romanée, Flagey-Échezeaux.
    The commune of Vosne-Romanée produces 6 Grands Crus and the commune of Flagey-Échezeaux 2 Grands Crus (see Appellation sheets Nos. 38 and 63).
    On the label, the appellation VOSNE-ROMANÉE and VOSNE-ROMANÉE PREMIER CRU 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
    150.54 ha (including 54.24 ha Premier Cru).

    * in 2018 

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