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Aloxe-Corton AOC

Aloxe-Corton AOC

Description to Aloxe-Corton AOC

The community appellation is at the northern end of the Cote de Beaune (Côte d'Or) in the French region Burgundy, Vineyards were first mentioned here in 696. Like many Burgundian communities, Aloxe added the best-known vineyard name to its name in 1862, which is the famous historic Corton vineyard. This is forested on its cap, but is planted with vines on its west, east and south flanks. Emperor Charlemagne (742-814) donated the upper part of the mountain of the Saint-Andoche Abbey in Saulieu in 775 as compensation for destruction by the Saracens. This remained in their possession until 1660. The Corton vineyard covers around 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 made Chardonnay who have favourited Red Wines Pinot Noir with shares in otherwise Pinot Liébault and Pinot Beurot ( Pinot gris ) pressed.

Aloxe-Corton - Aloxe-Corton municipality with vineyards

The Grand Cru location Corton-Charlemagne , named in honor of the Franconian emperor Karl, only applies to white wines. The over 50 hectares of vineyards are in a narrow band on the upper part of the Corton mountain and extend from Ladoix-Serrigny in the west of the mountain via Aloxe-Corton to Pernand-Vergelesses, According to legend, white vines were planted here at the instigation of Hildegard (consort of Charlemagne) because the red wine stains in her husband's beard displeased her. The climate here is somewhat cooler and the much lighter, almost chalk-white floor in particular differs significantly from Corton. The white wines are made from Chardonnay with a little Pinot Blanc. Another Grand Cru location called Charlemagne for white wine is almost identical in area to the Corton-Charlemagne, but is rarely used.

The Corton Grand Cru location applies to red and white wines, and is the only one for red wines in the Côte de Beaune area. This also extends into the districts Ladoix-Serrigny and Pernand-Vergelesses, The red wine is made from Pinot Noir with small portions of Pinot Gris and Pinot Liébault. However, white wine from Chardonnay is also produced in the smallest quantities. The vineyard area is over 90 hectares on reddish marl soil on an iron and calcareous plate. The area is divided into 20 sub-areas, which may add their name to Corton, but this is not used 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 Maréchaudes, Clos du Chapître (Les Meix), La Coutière, 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 make up more than half. The rest are marketed under the Village appellation Aloxe-Corton . Well-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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