France_Burgundy_Cote de Beaune_Auxey-Duresses

One of the great value appellations of Burgundy and the Cote de Beaune. This is in between Monthelie and Meursault and over 2/3rds of the wine produced here is red, but the whites are excellent too and some can pass for Meursault. You need ripe years for these wines to succeed as they can be tart and a but plebeian in under-ripe or cool years. But when the reds are on that tart turns into crunchy sweet red berry/raspberry fruit. The wines, do tend to be rustic but that is part of their charm and nothing a saddle of rabbit cannot cure. Even though there is more red wine than white wine made in Auxey-Duresses the whites are generally of higher quality and are almost always a safe bet. Some of the top 1er Cru vineyards such as Climat du Val, Les Duresses are worth the slightly higher price as in very good years such as 2005, 2008 and 2010, they can keep for up to 20 years. Auxey Duresses can be had from $20-$100 (Domaine d'Auvenay prices in the stratosphere but are worth it).

Notable Recent Vintages for Auxey-Duresses: 2010, 2009, 2005, 2002, 1999

Top producers of Auxey-Duresses: 
  • Domaine d'Auvenay
  • Domaine Jean et Gilles Lafouge
  • Domaine Comtes Armand
  • Domaine Thierry Violot-Guillemard
  • Coche-Dury
  • Maison Benjamin Leroux
  • Guy Roulot

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