Play it by tier: Bourgogne’s new classifications

Bourgogne Côte d’Or: a summary

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  • The name of Bourgogne Côte d’Or was approved in time for the 2017 vintage.
  • The production area for Bourgogne Côte d’Or extends across all the villages of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, from south of Dijon to Maranges.
  • This offers a potential of 1,000 hectares of Pinot Noir for reds and Chardonnay for whites.
  • The creation of the Côte d’Or geographical denomination for the Bourgogne AOC comes with production rules to assure a certain level of quality.
  • As with Village appellations, plantation density is set at a minimum of 9,000 plants per hectare compared with a minimum of 5,000 plants/ha for the Bourgogne appellation 
  • Target yields are 66 hl/ha for whites and 58 hl/ha for reds.
  • The minimum alcohol is also the same as for Village AOCs, at 11° for whites and 10.5° for reds.
  • The vines involved are all grown on the Côte, mainly on foothills, on the edge of Village appellations.

A version of this article first appeared in the May edition of the drinks business

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3 Responses to “Play it by tier: Bourgogne’s new classifications”

  1. Charles Crawfurd says:

    Logical but communicating the difference to the consumer will be key. As these wines one assumes will sell at a premium to ‘straight’ Bourgogne the consumer will need to understand why.

  2. barnaby33 says:

    Industry puff piece much? This is nothing more than a way for producers to squeeze more money out of Bourgogne level wines.

  3. Tim Clarke says:

    I have long sought out the Bourgognes from decent estates on the Côte d’Or which are often from parcels very close to their village sites and made with much the same care. Such wines are great value and I’m sure I’m far from alone in seeking them out. However, I’ve tended to not bother with the negociant offerings, presuming that these come from basic sites in the Maconnais or Chalonnais. So, now we have an appellation that brings clarity to the situation. This is an important change which is long overdue.

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