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Burgundy wines: decode the AOC

The richness of Burgundy wines is found in its 84 Appellations d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC). From the Regional appellation to the Grand Cru appellation, these signs of quality play the role of "certificates of authenticity".

Learn to recognize them: they reflect the diversity of the Burgundian soil and the know-how of the winegrowers...

The Regional AOCs, all of Burgundy within your reach

Burgundy Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Crémant de Bourgogne ... these are some of the 7 regional appellations produced throughout the Burgundy vineyards.

The Village AOC, all from Burgundy, but all different

The 44 Village appellations take the name of their commune of origin (ex. Mercurey, Aloxe Corton, Chassagne Montrachet, Meursault etc.)

The Premiers Crus, singular parcels distinguished within the Village AOCs

These wines are produced on parcels precisely delimited within a Village appellation.

These parcels are called Climats.

How to recognize them? On the bottles, the name of the commune is followed by the name of the parcel from which the wine is made (e.g.: Ladoix 1er Cru, Les Grechons, Pommard 1er Cru, Saint Aubin 1er Cru.

Far from being a marketing concept, the Climats have a physical and sensory reality.

Taste them to grasp all their elegant flavor...

The AOC Grands Crus, the expression of exceptional Climats

The 33 Grands Crus of Burgundy are world-renowned and express the singularity of exceptional parcels.

On the label, the mention of the village of origin disappears in favor of the name of the Climat (e.g.: Corton Bressande Grand Cru, Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru...).

Synonymous with refinement and exception, the Grands Crus appellations invite you into their world for exceptional moments.

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