Côte de Beaune-Villages

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  • Category

    Village appellation

  • Wine-producing region


  • Creation of the appellation

    31 juillet 1937

  • Colour

    Red wines only - Pinot Noir

  • Area under production*:
    1 hectare (ha) = 10 000 m² = 24 ouvrées.
    Reds: 0.86 ha.

    * in 2018 

  • Appellation Village of the Côte de Beaune region (Côte-d’Or).
    Producing communes:
    Department of Côte-d’Or: Auxey-Duresses, Chassagne-Montrachet, Choreylès- Beaune, Ladoix-Serrigny, Meursault, Monthelie, Pernand-Vergelesses, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Saint-Romain, Santenay, Savigny-lès- Beaune.
    Department of Saône-et-Loire: Cheilly-lès-Maranges, Dezize-lès-Maranges, Sampigny-lès-Maranges, Remigny.

Wine Characteristics - Côte de Beaune-Villages


The terroirs which grow these red wines vary in a number of respects between the communes of Ladoix and Maranges. In the North, the wines are a discreet but definite mid-ruby to light crimson. Their bouquet blends small red and black fruits (strawberry, gooseberry, blackcurrant, blackberry) with flower scents, especially violet. They are supple, tasty, enticing and delightful. Those from the southern end are in general more solidly colored (deep ruby to purple). Aromatically they resemble each other but with the addition of a little humus, damp earth, underbrush and mushroom. The tannins, backed by good acidity, increase their attractiveness. They are powerful but restrained and always tasteful.

Wine Steward’s Tip - Côte de Beaune-Villages

Steward’s Tip

Red: supple and bewitching, their aromatic diversity, fruit, and silky-smooth tannins mean they are equally at home with sophisticated or family cuisine.
Offal, roast pork, rabbit, or braised beef are all fine partners with this wine, as is a simple steak. It may also be confidently matched with more exotic dishes such as kebabs, spicy meat-balls or, in the American vein, burgers or chili. As far as the cheeseboard, try Maroilles, Munster, Langres, Saint-Florentin, Époisses, or also try milder flavoured cheeses such as Saint-Marcellin, Tomme de Savoie, Reblochon, Brie de Meaux.
Serving temperature: 14 to 16°C.

Situation - Côte de Beaune-Villages


Dating from the Upper Jurassic (135 million years BC), the Côte de Beaune is a little younger than the Côte de Nuits. Its slopes are gentler, its hillsides more varied. Here the limestone plunges down not to re-emerge again until Meursault.
This AOC dates from 1937 and applies to Pinot Noir red wines grown in 14
villages of the Côte de Beaune. The red wines from these communes may be
- under the name of the village concerned,
- under the name of the village followed by the words Côte de Beaune,
- or under the appellation Côte de Beaune-Villages.
For example, a red wine grown within the appellation area of Chorey-les-Beaune may call itself Chorey-les-Beaune or Chorey-Côte de Beaune or Côte de Beaune-Villages. The following appellations are excluded from this arrangement: Aloxe-Corton, Beaune, Pommard, and Volnay.
The blending of wines from more than one commune is permitted in this appellation.

Terroirs - Côte de Beaune-Villages


The soils which produce this appellation are the same as those of the 14 separate appellations of which it is composed. Soils vary with height. Up-slope there is a shallow covering of brown limestone soil. Mid-slope there are red gravels. Below that there is oolitic ironstone and yellow limestone. At the southern end, marls and limestones alternate and include here and there clayey or sandy soils. Exposures, due South or South-East.

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