The Hautes Côtes de Beaune AOC
is a regional appellation from the Burgundy wine region. Officially created in 1961, the Burgundy Hautes Côtes de Beaune appellation spans 16 communes of the “Hautes Côtes” in the Côte d'Or, and on the high-lying land in 13 communes of the Côte de Beaune, in the Saône-et-Loire.
Lying at between 280- 450 metres altitude, the Hautes Côtes de Beaune vineyards grow on the best-exposed sides of valleys which run east-west at right angles to the axis of the Côte. The subsoil is dominated by beds of marl, especially in the south. The slopes are steep in some places are often covered with limestone scree brought down from the overhanging Bajocian formations higher up.
The wines of the Hautes Côtes de Beaune are white wines made from the Chardonnay grape variety and red wines made from the Pinot Noir. A small amount of Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune rosé (also known as Bourgogne Clairet) is produced from Pinot Noir grapes. The reds are powerful yet smooth. They possess the charming aromatic power so typical of the Pinot Noir. Sometimes a little stiff when young, they acquire harmony and balance after some years’ ageing. The whites possess the typical round character of the Chardonnay. Bouchard Père & Fils are perfect masters of the subtleties of the terroir and the production of Hautes Côtes de Beaune wines.