As a natural extension of the Côte de Beaune, these winegrowing lands steeped in tradition offer recognized appellations
To the south of the prestigious Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise and Couchois constitute a true wine jewel in the heart of Bourgogne. Here, vineyards extend over 25 kilometers long and 7 kilometers wide, between the hills of the Côte de Beaune to the north and the majestic Mâconnais hills to the south. These lands are bathed in sunlight, offering warm summers and dry autumns, ideal for grape ripening.
Bourgogne’s great grape varieties, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, reign supreme here. However, one grape variety deserves a special mention: Aligoté. The small hamlet of Bouzeron, located in the Côte Chalonnaise, is the region’s pride and joy as the cradle of Aligoté. Here, Bouzeron is the only Village appellation produced exclusively from this ancestral grape variety, giving rise to white wines of exceptional finesse.
The Côte Chalonnaise and Couchois regions are renowned for their famous appellations. Among the most notable are Givry, Mercurey, Montagny and Rully, all of which are classified as Village AOCs and even have Climats classified as Premier Cru. Each of these appellations offers a unique palette of aromas and flavors, embodying the quintessence of Bourgogne wines.
Since 2000, the Couchois region has acquired a well-deserved reputation thanks to the AOC Bourgogne Côtes du Couchois. This wine-growing region, located to the south of the Hautes Côtes de Beaune, between 200 and 300 meters above sea level, produces wines with a distinct personality that attract connoisseurs from all over the world.
In addition to the Village and Premier Cru appellations, the Côte Chalonnaise and Couchois regions offer a wide range of Régionale appellations, including Bourgogne blanc and rouge, Bourgogne Aligoté, Bourgogne Passe-tout-grains, Coteaux Bourguignons and Crémant de Bourgogne. In addition, some communes, such as Cheilly-lès-Maranges, Dezize-lès-Maranges, Remigny and Sampigny-lès-Maranges, can produce the appellation Bourgogne Côte d’Or, adding a unique touch to the region’s viticultural diversity.
The Côte Chalonnaise and Couchois, natural extensions of the Côte de Beaune, are the scene of centuries of winemaking tradition, where vines and prestigious grape varieties find their purest expression. These lands, bathed in sunshine and passion, invite wine enthusiasts from all over the world to discover the richness and authenticity of Bourgogne wines.
Come and meet the winegrowers and négociants of the Côte Chalonnaise and Couchois on Thursday, March 21, 2024 and discover these appellations!