84 Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée (AOCs) in Burgundy
The wines of Burgundy are classified into 84 Appellations d’Origine Contrôlée (AOCs), representing more than 23% of all AOCs attributed to French wines. From Regional to Grands Crus, they guarantee the authenticity of the region’s wines.
For many years, the Burgundy winegrowing region has claimed to have around 100 AOCs. However, there are in fact 84 AOCs. The rest made up by the Dénominations Géographiques Complémentaires (DGCs) within the Bourgogne AOC.
This exceptional profusion has its roots in the diversity of the natural conditions of the vineyards, or the terroirs. As such, there can be slight differences between two neighboring plots, in terms of their aspect and/or soil type.
These 84 AOCs are classified into 4 categories:
Bourgogne Aligoté, Mâcon Villages, Coteaux Bourguignons, Crémant de Bourgogne – these are some of the 7 appellations Régionales produced across the Bourgogne winegrowing region. These wines offer an excellent entry point into the world of Bourgogne wines. Click here for the full list.
The 44 appellations Village take their names from the commune where their grapes were grown, such as Mercurey, Pommard, and Nuits-Saint-Georges.
They will enable you to explore all the diversity of the wines of Bourgogne. Click here for the full list.
Appellations Premiers Crus - Specific individual plots within the appellations Village
These wines are produced from single plots, which are precisely defined within an appellation Village. These plots are known as Climats.
On the bottle, the name of the commune is followed by the name of the plot where the grapes were grown, such as Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru Dent de Chien for example. Click here for the full list.
Appellations Grands Crus - the expression of an exceptional Climat
These 33 world-renowned Grand Cru wines of Bourgogne express the unique characteristics of some exceptional plots.
On their labels, the name of the village is replaced by a single Climat name such as Corton, Montrachet, Romanée Saint-Vivant or Clos de Tart.
Synonymous with sophistication and uniqueness, these appellations Grands Crus are to be enjoyed on exceptional occasions. Click here for the full list.