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Auxerrois Wine Regional appellations

Chitry, Coulanges, Côtes d'Auxerre

Burgundy Côtes d’Auxerre, Burgundy Chitry and Burgundy Coulanges-la-Vineuse: these geographical areas within the Burgundy appellation of origin, illustrate the great richness of the Burgundy and Auxerre terroirs (specific parcels of land), and particularly Burgundy Côtes d’Auxerre.

 

Burgundy Côtes d’Auxerre

The Burgundy Côtes d’Auxerre regional appellation is reserved for white, red and rosé still wines produced in an area defined since 1990, in 5 villages south of Auxerre: Augy, Saint-Bris-le-Vineux, Auxerre, Vaux, Champs-sur-Yonne, Quenne and Vincelottes. Located on both sides of the Yonne, the river that crosses the Auxerrois, these vineyards produce fresh and fruity wines.
They are like the emblem of the rich wine-growing history of the Auxerrois. From the XVIII century, benefiting from the close proximity to the Yonne, Auxerrois wines were brought to Paris by river, which undeniably contributed to their growth. At the end of the XVIII century, just before the phylloxera crisis that dramatically changed the local wine landscape, the surface area of the Auxerre vineyards was estimated at more than 1800 hectares.

 

Burgundy Coulanges-la-Vineuse

The vineyard of the appellation Coulanges-la-Vineuse is spread over 7 communes of the Auxerrois: Coulanges-la-Vineuse, Migé, Mouffy, Jussy, Escolives-Sainte-Camille, Val-de-Mercy. A second century high relief engraving on the Gallo-Roman site of Escolives-Sainte-Camille testifies to the presence of wine in the region since that time. The appellation brings together white Chardonnay wines as well as red and rosé Pinot Noir and Caesar wines.

Clos de La Chaînette Cathédrale Abbaye Clos De La Chaînette Clos De La Chaînette à l’automne avec les monuments incontournables: la cathédrale et l'abbaye.

Le Clos de la Chaînette : vines in the heart of the town

Once belonging to the Benedictine monks of the Abbey Saint-Germain, the 4.15 hectares of the Clos de la Chaînette is the only vineyard still producing in the town of Auxerre. It is one of the oldest known domains in France and dates from the VII century. In the wake of the  of the phylloxera crisis, which destroyed an extensive part of the wine production in Auxerre at the end of the XIXth century, le Clos-de-la-Chainette became the property of the Phsychiatric Hospital of the Yonne and remains within its walls. Classified as an AOC Bourgogne, the wines of le Clos de la Chainette preserve an ancient heritage. The domaine produces two types of wine: a white Burgundy and a red Burgundy.

The must see

In the Auxerrois vineyard

The fort

…of Chitry le Fort

At the gates of Chablisien and Auxerrois, Chitry is a typical wine village where you can discover the Saint-Valerian church, flanked by its fortified tower built in the 13th century and classified as a historical monument, from where Chitry-le-Fort draws his name.

The Renaissance House

of Coulanges-la-Vineuse

In the streets of this village, the marks of the richness of history are everywhere. You can admire the renaissance facade of the current library, with its beautiful painted ceiling inside.

The archéological site

of Escolives-Sainte-Camille

Conducted since 1955, the excavations have partially delivered the remains of human occupation from Neolithic to Merovingian. You will discover Gallo-Roman sculptures of the 2nd century, Gallo-Roman and Merovingian furniture, sarcophagi … But also an exhibition of objects of everyday life or rarer elements.