The Bourgogne winegrowing region and its appellations

Beaune

Coulour

Reds - Pinot Noir.
Whites - Chardonnay.

Wine Characteristics


Small differences appear, depending on the exact location. Wines from the Northern end of the commune are more often intense and powerful, and those from the southern end are smoother and fuller.
Red: this wine has a striking and vivid colour - a luminous scarlet, introducing aromas of black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry) and red (cherry, gooseberry), as well as humus and underbrush. When older, it is redolent of truffle, leather, and spices. In youth, it charms the palate with the taste of crunchy fresh grape. Firm, upright and full of juice, it evolves with time, revealing a solid and absolutely convincing structure.
White: this wine boasts a silky gold colour, flecked with green. It has a bouquet of almond, dried fruits, bracken, and white flowers. It may be enjoyed either young “on the fruit” or later for its mouth-filling mellowness.
 

Wine Steward’s Tip


Red: fleshy and generous, the Beaune reveal great aromatic power and solid texture which inevitably partners them with musky and very firm meats such as feathered game, roasted or braised. Cheeses: choose Époisses, Soumaintrain, Munster, Maroilles...

Serving temperature: 15 to 16°C.
White: their flowery freshness makes them a marvelous match for poultry and veal in creamy sauces, fish tajines, sushi, and grilled sea-fish. When older (and fleshier) they enfold and tame cheeses such as Cîteaux, Comté, and certain goat cheeses.
Serving temperature: 12 to 14°C.
 

Situation


A burgundian icon and capital of Bourgogne’s wine trade, Beaune takes centre place on the world stage during the annual Hospices de Beaune wine auction.
The Hôtel-Dieu, built in the Flamboyant style, the huge silent cellars of the négociants houses, and the wine-growing domaines of the district all attract countless visitors. The Beaune vineyards are among the most extensive of the Côte. From here comes the Pinot vermilion of the Dukes of Bourgogne- a red wine, aromatic and full of fire, whose reputation goes back to the late Middle Ages. The whites, less common, make the best use of soils suited to the Chardonnay grape.
The BEAUNE AOC was established in 1936.
 

Terroirs


In the synclinal of Volnay the Comblanchien limestone disappears into the depths to be replaced by the overlying Rauracian. The slopes are quite steep and the soil (scree-derived black rendzinas) thinnish. On the lower slopes are Argovian marls and deep soils, white, grey or yellow, tinged with red from the iron in the Oxfordian limestone. At the foot of the slope, limestones are mixed with clay. Exposure: east to due south. Altitudes: 220 to 300 metres.

 

The Beaune appellation investigated through its geology and geography

The Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) invites you to enjoy this video in which Jean-Pierre Renard, Expert Instructor at the Ecole des Vins de Bourgogne, explains the topographical and geological characteristics of the Beaune appellation.
The slope where the vines grow has some fairly complex topography. It mainly faces east-southeast and is divided in two by a dry valley that cuts deep into the plateau. This partly explains the extraordinary diversity of this appellation which deserve a better attention.
This video is taken from the “Rendez-vous avec les vins de Bourgogne” program (November 2019).

The Beaune appellation seen by Edouard Labruyère

Edouard Labruyère, owner and director of Maison Jacques Prieur, tells us about the Beaune appellation and specifically the white wines. They are lesser known because they only represents 12% of the total surface of the appellation. Some Climats are known all over the world :  Les Grèves, Champimonts et Clos de la Feguine.
This video is taken from the “Rendez-vous avec les vins de Bourgogne” program (November 2019).

The Beaune appellation seen by Frédéric Weber

Frédéric Weber, cellar master at Bouchard Père et Fils, presents the specificities of Beaune appellation and its organoleptic characteristics. It is a complex and diverse appellation that has many stories to tell. Its two favorite climats are Clos de la Mousse and La Vigne de l'Enfant Jésus, he explains why.
This video is taken from the “Rendez-vous avec les vins de Bourgogne”  program (November 2019)

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

"Climats" classified as 1er Cru

  • A l'Ecu
  • Aux Coucherias
  • Aux Cras
  • Belissand 
  • Blanches Fleurs
  • Champs Pimont
  • Clos de l'Ecu 
  • Clos de la Feguine
  • Clos de la Mousse
  • Clos des Avaux
  • Clos des Ursules
  • Clos du roi 
  • En Genêt
  • En l'Orme 
  • La Mignotte
  • Le Bas des Teurons
  • Le Clos des Mouches
  • Les Aigrots
  • Les Avaux
  • Les Boucherottes
  • Les Bressandes
  • Les Cents Vignes
  • Les Chouacheux
  • Les Epenotes
  • Les Fèves
  • Les Grèves
  • Les Marconnets
  • Les Montrevenots
  • Les Perrières
  • Les Reversés
  • Les Sceaux
  • Les Seurey
  • Les Sizies
  • Les Teurons
  • Les Toussaints
  • Les Tuvilains
  • Les Vignes Franches
  • Montée Rouge
  • Pertuisots
  • Sur les Grèves
  • Sur les Grèves-Clos Sainte-Anne
  •  Clos Saint-Landry 

Lieux-dits

  • Au Renard
  • Chaume Gauffriot
  • Dessus des Marconnets
  • Fb de Bouze
  • La Blanchisserie
  • La Creusotte
  • Le Foulot
  • Les Beaux Fougets
  • Les Bons Feuvres
  • Les Chardonnereux
  • Les Chilènes
  • Les Epenottes
  • Les Levées et les Piroles
  • Les Longes
  • Les Maladières
  • Les Mariages
  • Les Paules
  • Les Pointes de Tuvilains
  • Les Prévoles
  • Les rôles
  • Les Vérottes
  • Longbois
  • Lulunne
  • Montagne Saint Désiré
  • Montée Rouge
  • Siserpe

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 42 Premiers Crus Climats.
    Producing commune: Beaune.
    The appellation BEAUNE and BEAUNE 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.
    Reds: 355.16 ha (including 270.16 ha Premier Cru).
    Whites: 58.43 ha (including 39.67 ha Premier Cru).

    *In 2018

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