Aloxe-Corton wine appellation
Aloxe-Corton is a wine appellation in the Burgundy region of
France which produces some of the finest red wines of the area from
the Pinot Noir grape. It is located in the northern part of the Cote
de Beaune right on the slopes of the most famous hill in Burgundy,
the hill of Corton with its instantly recognisable tree covered
summit. Wines bearing the name of Aloxe-Corton must be made from
grapes grown in the communes of Aloxe-Corton, Ladoix-Serrigny or
It has been a formal appellation for a long time having been promoted to AOC status in 1938. There are thirteen 'climats' or vineyards that are classified as Premier Cru in this appellation.
Both red and white wines are permitted here. White wines are principally made from Chardonnay but they may have up to 10% of Pinot Blanc added. These are very rare as preference is given to red wines here. In fact there are only 1.7 hectares of white grape vines in this appellation.
Red wines are made from Pinot Noir but may have a little Chardonnay or Pinot Blanc or Pinot Gris as well. The appellation extends over 117 hectares and produces over 400 hectolitres of red wine and 80 hectolitres of white wine.
The word Aloxe is pronounced "Aloss" or "Aloz".
The soil is derived from limestone enriched by iron. Clive Coates in his "The wines of Burgundy" says:
"The basic limestone is softer here than further north, decomposing into a flaky rock known as lave. On top of this, in the premier cru vineyards, the soil is quite deep, red in colour and rich in iron."
He goes on to say:
"This terroir gives a wine which is well coloured and nicely sturdy; it is a meaty wine with a rich, robust character and plenty of depth."