Generally speaking, the vineyard is well implanted in Yonne county, largely thanks to inland waterways that enabled to carry the wines quickly towards Paris, where they were put up for sale.
It is thanks to archaeological digs in Escolives Sainte Camille (where they found a bas-relief illustrated by a grape dating back to the IId century) that they could reference the oldest parcel of Auxerre vineyard, to the South.
The vineyard of Auxerre region
Discover the riches of our wine country and be captivated by the charms of their differences :
Côtes d'Auxerre vineyard : this is the appellation for wines produced from the villages of Saint-Bris le Vineux, Vaux and Auxerre. A visit to Saint-Bris is a must : to experience its charm and wealth of vestiges from the past: its church, dating right back to the 13th century, old houses and cellars that are real architectural jewels (11th century columns, 13th century intersection of ribs...). In Auxerre, it was estimated that the vineyard covered 1827 ha in 1787. Today, all that remains is the "Clos de la Chaînette", an old property of the monks of Saint-Germain Abbey. But what a surprise it is to discover this vineyard in the heart of a town ! With a considerable vineyard in the past, Vaux , since the turn of the 20th century, has been devoted to tree cultivation mainly, but for the last twenty years or so, vines have made a comeback: 32 ha on the hillsides overlook the Yonne Valley, including 25 ha in "Bourgogne Côtes d'Auxerre".
Chitry vineyard : Chitry lies on the edge of the Auxerre and Chablis vineyards. The village hillsides are particularly favourable for Burgundy white wines. You can taste Aligoté , Bourgogne Chitry blanc and Bourgogne Chitry rouge. On arriving in Chablis, you'll be treated to an outstanding panoramic view of the village and Yonne Valley.
Coulanges la Vineuse vineyard : the Coulange vineyard encompasses the villages of Coulanges la Vineuse, Jussy, Escolives Sainte Camille and Migé. Listed as an A.O.C. , the vineyard currently covers 135 ha with a predominance in pinot noir. For white wines, Chardonnay and Aligoté round off a typically Burgundian grape variety. The red wines of Coulanges are renowned for being light and fruity . Delightful wines with aromas of red fruits such as blackcurrant, raspberry or cherry, the Coulanges sets itself apart from other Burgundy wines by is supple tannins and robe of an eased intensity.
Irancy vineyard : its wines, classed as a Controlled Appellation since 1930 , attained the IRANCY village recognition in 1998. Irancy wines are made from a famous traditional Burgundian grape variety, the Pinot noir. These red wines, with a fine dark ruby robe, are aromatic with small red fruits such as morello cherry, red currant, blackcurrant… Silky in the mouth, their elegance means they can be drunk in the prime of their youth or left to age for a few years in a cellar, according the vintage typicity.
Cremant de Bourgogne : made according to the champagne method, this effervescent wine of Controlled Appellation has existed since the 1970s. We can find it by several wine-growners (domaine Borgnat, domaine Maltoff, domaine Simonnet Febvre). The Bailly Lapierre Cellars, magnificent in old stone quarries, where there are permanently 4 to 5 million bottles maturing, are impressive. For 2 years, it rested in vast underground cellars, the Bailly Cellars, at a constant temperature of 13 °C. The care given by specialists during each phase produces a high quality wine that is definitely worth a taste!