Auxey-Duresses (pronounced “Aussey”) stands at the entrance to a valley
which runs from the Côte de Beaune into the Hautes Côtes, following the
road that leads from Beaune to Autun amongst hump-backed hillsides.
Together with its hamlets of Petit-Auxey and Mélian, Auxey-Duresses is
incontestably one of Bourgogne’s Celtic and Gallo-Roman wine-growing
districts. It was formerly an outlying property of the abbey of Cluny,
producing both grains and grapes. The corn-mills have now gone but there
are still wine presses. Auxey-Duresses was granted its AOC status in 1937.
Nature determines which plots suit the white wines and which the reds. On
the hill of Bourdon, geologically an extension of Volnay and Monthélie, the
soil is a pebbly marl-limestone mix which gives vigour to the east/south-east
facing vineyard of Duresses. The Climat “Climat du Val”, on the other hand,
faces south and has very limey soil, while in La Chapelle marl predominates
over limestone. And on the hill of Mélian, the fine-textured soil prefigures that of
nearby Meursault and Puligny, the paradise of white wines.
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