The heart of the subregion known as Côte de Beaune. It produces mostly red wines that feature a tannic structure and aromas of red fruit and musk.
The city of Beaune is well known for its 15th century Hospices, a medieval hospital with flamboyant-style wood arcades and brightly colored tile roofs. It’s also known for an annual wine auction, which began in the 19th century and continues to this day.
The Beaune appellation is confined to the limits of the historic medieval city. It boasts 42 Premier Crus corresponding to the climats with the best sun exposure and a thin, well drained soil resting over a gently sloping limestone support.
Red Beaunes are powerful, displaying a strong tannic structure balanced by fruity and musky aromas. Slight geographic differences between the parcels make some Beaune Premiers Crus silky and elegant while others are more rustic or austere, but all have a good longevity.
Their aromatic power and generous fleshiness pair well with game and pungent cheeses.
|Planted Grapes||Pinot Noir (85%), Chardonnay (15%)|
|Production Area||Red: 864 acres, including 679 in Premier Cru|
|White: 153 acres, including 100 in Premier Cru|
|Wine Flavor||Fleshy and generous, red fruit and a musky aroma.|
|Age||Drinkable young, but can age to 10 years or more.|
|Best Vintages||2011, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2004|
|Food Pairings||Red: Feathered game roasted or braised.|
|White: Poultry or veal in creamy sauces. Grilled fish.|