Aloxe-Corton Wine Region Summary
Aloxe-Corton is a village located in the Cote-de-Beaune, North of the town of Beaune acting almost as the link between the Cote de Nuits in the north and Cote de Beaune to the South. The village itself is around 2.5 square km in total size. The AOC is most famous for sharing the Corton Hill with Pernand-Vergelesses and Ladoix-Serrigny, the neighbouring villages. In fact the area is well-known for the fact that the AOC’s of Ladoix-Serrigny and Aloxe-Corton actually overlap, which results in a number of winemakers classifying Premier Crus located in Ladoix-Serrigny as Aloxe-Corton, presumably due to the marketability of Aloxe-Corton.
Both red and white wine are produced in Aloxe-Corton, but the vast majority of production (116 hectares) is dedicated to red wine, a third of which is classified as premier cru. Whilst the production of white is only small (1.7 hecatares) often less than 12,000 bottles in total, what is produced is some of the best Chardonnay the whole of Burgundy has to offer. Mostly bottled under the Grand Cru classification of Corton-Charlemagne, the whites produced by winemakers such as Coche-Dury, Domaine Leroy, Bonneau du Martray (and soon to be DRC) are very rare, highly regarded and with high prices to match.
Most of the best red wine is classified under the Corton Grand Cru, a lot larger in size than the white wine vineyards, with a wider selection of producers, quality can be more variable but at its very best the grand cru plots on the Corton Hill produce an energetic, impressively powerful Pinot Noir, robust yet refined. Again top producers include the likes of Domaine Leroy and Domaine de la Romanee Conti (DRC), as well as more keenly priced producers such as Taupenot-Merme.
The best vineyard sites in Aloxe-Corton, are those that are located at higher elevations on the Corton Hill. These vineyards benefit from a slightly different micro-climate with slightly lower average temperature, better elevation for the sun and different wind patterns.