Aloxe-Corton AOC

Aloxe-Corton AOC

Description to Aloxe-Corton AOC

The community appellation is at the northern end of the Côte de Beaune (Côte d'Or) in the French region Burgundy, Vineyards are named here for the first time in 696. Like many Burgundian communities, Aloxe added its name to the most famous vineyard name in 1862, and this is the famous historic Corton vineyard. This is wooded on its cap, but planted with vines on its west, east and south flank. Emperor Charlemagne (742-814) made the upper part of the mountain of the Abbey of Saint-Andoche in Saulieu in the year 775 as compensation for destruction by the Saracens as a gift. This remained until the year 1660 in their possession. The Corton vineyard covers about 280 hectares of vineyards and extends over the three villages of Aloxe-Corton, Pernand-Vergelesses and Ladoix-Serrigny, It is divided into two (three) Grand Cru locations and 14 Premier Cru locations. The white wines are going out Chardonnay who made red wines Pinot Noir with shares in case of Pinot Liébault and Pinot Beurot ( Pinot gris ) pressed.

Aloxe-Corton - community Aloxe-Corton with vineyards

The Grand-Cru-Lage Corton-Charlemagne , named in honor of the Franconian Emperor Karl, is exclusively for white wines. The over 50 hectares of vineyards are in a narrow band at the top of the Corton mountain and extend from Ladoix-Serrigny in the west of the mountain via Aloxe-Corton up Pernand-Vergelesses, According to legend, white vines were planted here at the instigation of Hildegard (wife of Charlemagne), because they have displeased the red wine spots in the beard of her husband. Here there is a slightly cooler climate and especially the much lighter almost chalky white soil differs significantly from Corton. The white wines are made from Chardonnay with some Pinot Blanc. Another Grand Cru location called Charlemagne for white wine is nearly identical in area to the Corton Charlemagne, but is rarely used.

The Grand Cru Corton is true for red wines and white wines, by the way, it is the only one for red wines in the Côte de Beaune. This also extends into the districts Ladoix-Serrigny and Pernand-Vergelesses, The red wine is made from Pinot Noir with small amounts of Pinot Gris and Pinot Liébault. In the smallest quantities but also white wine from Chardonnay is produced. The vineyard is over 90 hectares on reddish marl ground on a iron and calcareous plate. The area is subdivided into 20 subregions, which may add their name to Corton, but this is not claimed in principle. These are Les Bressandes, Le Charlemagne, Les Chaumes, Les Chaumes et la Voierosse, Les Combes, Le Corton, Les Fiètres, Les Grèves, Les Languettes, Les Maréchaudes, Les Meix, Les Meix Lallemand, Les Paulands, Les Perrières, Les Pougets Les Renardes, Le Rognet-Corton, Le Clos de Roi, Les Vergennes and La Vigne au Saint.

The Premier Cru locations cover 40 hectares of vineyards. They are called Clos des Maréchudes, Clos du Chapître (Les Meix), La Coutiere, La Maréchaude, La Toppe au Vert, Les Chaillots, Les Fournières, Les Guérets, Les Maréchaudes, Les Moutottes, Les Paulands, Les Petites Lolières, Les Vazolières and Les Vercots. The wines from the Grand Cru and Premier Cru locations account for more than half. The rest is marketed under the Village appellation Aloxe-Corton . Known producers in the Aloxe-Corton appellation include Arnoux, Bichot, Bonneau du Martray, Bouchard Père et Fils, Chapuis, Coche-Dury, Delarche, Domaine Leroy, Dubreuil-Fontaine, Faiveley, Hospices de Beaune. Jadot. Louis Latour, Prieur, Remoissenet, Tollot-Beaut and Verget.

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