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Auxey-Duresses

Auxey-Duresses (pronounced “Aussey”) stands at the entrance to a valley which runs from the Côte De Beaune into the Hautes Côtes, following the road that leads from Beaune to Autun amongst hump-backed hillsides. Together with its hamlets of Petit-Auxey and Mélian, Auxey-Duresses is incontestably one of Bourgogne’s Celtic and Gallo-Roman wine-growing districts. It was formerly an outlying property of the abbey of Cluny, producing both grains and grapes. The corn mills have now gone, but there are still wine presses. Auxey-Duresses was granted its AOC status in 1937.

Nature determines which plots suit the white wines and which the reds. On the hill of Bourdon, geologically an extension of Volnay and Monthélie, the soil is a pebbly marl-limestone mix which gives vigour to the east/south-east facing vineyard of Duresses. The “Climat du Val”, on the other hand, faces south and has very limey soil, while in La Chapelle marl predominates over limestone. And on the hill of Mélian, the fine-textured soil prefigures that of nearby Meursault and Puligny, the paradise of white wines.

Auxey-Duresses gives supple, velvety reds and sprightly, aromatic whites that broaden with age.
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