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Beaune Wine

Beaune is the epicenter of Burgundy's wine trade and  the second-largest town in the famous Cote d'Or wine region. Just as Nuits-Saint-Georges gives its name to the Cote de Nuits, so Beaune’s name has been adopted for the southern half of the Cote d’Or escarpment, the Cote de Beaune.

For centuries, Beaune has been so intrinsically associated with Burgundy’s wines that before the formalization of France’s appellation system in the mid-20th century, its name was widely used as a generic title for any locally produced wine. Since the creation of the town’s communal AOC Beaune appellation in September 1936, only wines from Beaune vineyards have been able to use the name.

The tesselated tiles of the Hospices de Beaune

Since 1859, the town and its wine producers have hosted a charity wine auction known as the Hospices de Beaune, an event that has become significant not only in the local social calendar, but also as an indicator of pricing trends for the current vintage. The Hotel-Dieu, a 15th-century hospice which is famous for its extravagant roof and imposing architecture, is the main beneficiary.

Beaune is much more developed than other parts of the district, and a large proportion of the town is given over to commercial and residential use – land that would otherwise be covered with vineyards. Over the centuries, however, Beaune's expansion has been carefully guided away from the prime vineyard sites on the Cote d’Or slopes towards the flatter land east of the old town.

Modern Beaune is neatly divided by the tracks for the high-speed trains that run between Dijon and the south coast. On the western side lie the ancient slopes, their vineyards, the old town and the headquarters of long-established wine merchants. To the east are the metal warehouses and industrial units of modern wineries, plus the A6 motorway – the Autoroute du Soleil – which links Paris to the Mediterranean via Burgundy and the Rhone valley.

Beaune wines have always been predominantly red, made from Burgundy’s flagship grape, Pinot Noir. Recently, though, with growing international demand for Chardonnay, the town has increased its production of white wine. Nearly 300,000 bottles of white Beaune wine are now made under the commune's appellation each year, although this still represents just 20% of the total output. The reds for which the town is better known strike a middle ground in Burgundy's wine styles. They are not as rich or ‘masculine’ as those from Pommard, immediately to the south, nor as structured as the Grand Cru wines from Corton, immediately to the north.

The Beaune appellation has an unusually high proportion of Premier Cru-classified vineyards, with more than 40 climats stretching in an uninterrupted belt across the commune from north to south. Wines from these sites are permitted by law to bear the title Beaune Premier Cru.

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Here are some wines produced in this region.
Wine Name
Grape 
Popularity
Bouchard Pere & Fils Greves Vignes de L'Enfant Jesus, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $99 1046
Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Rouge, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $87 1591
Joseph Drouhin Clos des Mouches Blanc, Beaune Premier Cru, France Chardonnay $102 1608
Domaine des Heritiers Louis Jadot Vignes Franches 'Clos des Ursules' Monopole, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $62 2235
Louis Jadot Les Teurons, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $42 4437
Louis Jadot Boucherottes, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $43 4548
Domaine du Chateau de Meursault Beaune Premier Cru, Cote de Beaune, France Pinot Noir $90 4908
Domaine Albert Morot Les Teurons, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $52 5583
Domaine des Heritiers Louis Jadot Clos des Couchereaux, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $42 6188
Louis Jadot Greves, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $45 6455
Domaine Albert Morot Beaune Bressandes, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $52 7995
Bouchard Pere & Fils Clos de la Mousse, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $50 8139
Joseph Drouhin Greves, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $72 8334
Louis Jadot Beaune Premier Cru 150th Anniversary, Cote de Beaune, France Pinot Noir $52 8848
Germain Domaine du Chateau de Chorey Les Teurons, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $55 8867
Domaine Albert Morot Les Cents Vignes, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $50 8884
Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Beaune Rouge, Cote de Beaune, France Pinot Noir $35 9156
Chanson Pere & Fils Clos des Feves Monopole, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $75 9542
Domaine Michel Gaunoux Beaune Rouge, Cote de Beaune, France Pinot Noir $42 9610
Domaine Michel Lafarge Greves, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $84 10308
Domaine de Montille Les Greves, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $73 10337
Bouchard Pere & Fils Clos Saint-Landry Monopole, Beaune Premier Cru, France Chardonnay $48 10353
Domaine des Croix Beaune, Burgundy, France Pinot Noir $28 10773
Louis Latour Perrieres, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $47 10983
Bouchard Pere & Fils Marconnets, Beaune Premier Cru, France Pinot Noir $42 11015
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