High Slopes Of Beaune

The Bourgogne-Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune appellation extends, with the appellation Hautes-Côtes-de-Nuits, west of the Côte-d’Or. It is a sub-region of the Burgundy wine region located to the west of the Côte de Beaune wine area, East of France. The vineyards are located between 350 and 500 meters of altitude. The Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune vineyard represents 7.55 square kilometers, divided into four zones: the first, set back from the Corton forest; the second, close to Pommard; another, behind the vineyard of Saint-Romain; and finally, one last prolongs the Maranges.

Perfect Balance in Soil

The soils of these vineyards are mainly composed of limestone and marl, on land with variable orientation. The difference in temperatures observed between the bottom and the top of the Côte explains the grape harvests’ shift. In these heights, harvests occur at least a week later, while weather conditions can already be difficult. The Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune produce 3,750,000 liters of wines of the three colors annually. 80% of them are red wines with profiles sometimes very different, but all from the pinot noir grape variety. The AOC Bourgogne-Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune is for red and rosé wines with Pinot noir as the main grape variety and white wines with Chardonnay as a grape variety and was born in 1961.

Flawless Grapes from the Region

The AOC extends into two departments:

In the Côte-d’Or department: 12 communes situated above the escarpment (the actual Hautes Côtes), and the top parts of 10 communes that are mainly situated in Côte de Beaune.

In the Saône-et-Loire department: four communes situated above the escarpment, and the top parts of three communes situated in Côte de Beaune.

They have in common the characteristics of this grape, giving wines with the aroma of small red berries with finals often quite firm. The whites come mainly from Chardonnay; they are beautiful and exhale aromas of white flowers and citrus. The rosés have got their appellation Bourgogne rosé or Bourgogne clairet. The grapes must reach a maturity of at least 10 percent potential alcohol for red wine, 10.5 percent for white wine, and rose wine.

A part of important features of Bourgogne-Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune appellation for white wines are as follows:

  • Soil: composed of limestone and marl.
  • Taste: Balanced.
  • Wine color: white.
  • Aromas: white flowers and citrus.
  • Aging potential: 1 – 2 years.
  • Serving temperature: 7 to 9° C

 

A part of important features of Bourgogne-Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune appellation for red wines are as follows:

  • Soil: composed of limestone and marl.
  • Taste: Balanced.
  • Wine color: red.
  • Aromas: floral aromas, red fruits (strawberry, gooseberry), or black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry). With age, leather, pepper, cocoa, licorice, and musky scents evolve.
  • Aging potential: 4 – 10 years.
  • Serving temperature: 14 to 17° C

 

A part of important features of Bourgogne-Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune appellation for rose wines are as follows:

  • Soil: composed of limestone and marl.
  • Taste: Balanced.
  • Wine color: rose.
  • Aromas: floral aromas, red fruits (strawberry, gooseberry), or black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry).
  • Aging potential: 1 – 2 years.
  • Serving temperature: 11 to 12° C

Region Highlights

Surface: About 7.55 Square Kilometers
Classification: AOP Bourgogne-Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune
Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot blanc and Pinot noir
Types of Wines: White Wine, Rose Wine, Red Wine

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