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Auxerre Wine Region

An Important Region for Burgundy Wines

Auxerre, which is the capital of the Yonne department, is the fourth-largest city in the world famous Burgundy region.

Although this region is found to be an important commercial and industrial centre, this is also noted for the production of Burgundy wines.

This city has been associated with vine cultivation and wines right from the historical times. During the middle ages, wine production was among the major economic activities of the city.

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In general, we can say that the vineyards are well-implemented in the Yonne department.
Now, let’s discover the riches of this important wine region here…

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Looking at Auxerre as a Wine Region

The history of the Auxerre city suggests that the vine cultivations have been taking place here from the twelfth century itself.

If we look at the city as a wine region, we can understand that the vineyards are lying on both sides of the Yonne River.

This structure is found to be boasting the ancient lineage. Apart from the world-famous Chablis wines, the region is producing some popular regional wines.

Wines and appellations of this region

Chablis

This is an AOC wine appellation for the production of dry white wines.

The main Chablis AOC was created in the year 1938 and all the Chablis wines are made exclusively from Chardonnay grape variety.

Some secondary grape varieties that are cultivated locally are allowed to be used in the generic Bourgogne AOC wines.

Those varieties are:

Bourgogne Côtes d’Auxerre

This is the regional appellation for the wines of the Auxerrois region. The name Côtes d’Auxerre can be added to the term Bourgogne only for the wines (red, white, and rosé) that are being produced within the defined areas.

The communes that are included under this appellation are:

  • Augy
  • Saint-Bris-le-Vineux
  • Auxerre
  • Vaux
  • Quenne
  • Vincelottes
  • Champs-sur-Yonne

These wines, which belong to the Burgundy AOC wines, are found to be lighter and fruitier.
The major grape varieties of this appellation are Pinot noir and Chardonnay.

Saint-Bris

This is an AOC appellation for the white wines of Burgundy and is covering around the village of Saint-Bris-le-Vineux in the Yonne department.

This AOC is different from most other AOCs of Burgundy region in the way that these wines are using Sauvignon varieties like Sauvignon blanc and Sauvignon Gris and not Chardonnay.

This is the only AOC in Burgundy that allows Sauvignon. Also, the Chardonnay and Pinot varieties that are cultivated in this region are not allowed under this AOC.

Rather they are included under the Côtes d’Auxerre appellation mentioned above.

Irancy

This is a commune in the Yonne department of Burgundy which has got its area-specific AOC designation in the year 1998. The wines of this AOC are being made using Pinot Noir as the major grape variety.

The more predominant wines of this AOC are red although some rosé wines are also produced. Apart from Pinot noir, small quantities of César and Tressot varieties are also being used.

Crémant de Bourgogne

This appellation represents the sparkling wines that are produced following the tradition of Champagne. These wines are having a strong production in and around the Auxerre city.

As per the AOC laws, these wines must contain at least 30% of the following grape varieties:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Blanc/Pinot Gris

Aligoté variety will be filling out the remaining portion of this blend.

Bourgogne Aligoté

This is a regional AOC appellation for the white wines that are being produced using Aligoté grape variety.

This was created in the year 1937. As per the AOC laws, Chardonnay grapes are also allowed to be used in these wines but only up to 15%.

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