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The communal appellation is located at the northern end of the Côte de Beaune (Côte d'Or) in the French region of Burgundy. Vineyards were first named here as early as 696. Like many Burgundian communes, Aloxe added the most famous vineyard name to its name in 1862, and that is the famous historic vineyard Corton. This vineyard is forested on its top, but planted with vines on its western, eastern and southern flanks. Emperor Charlemagne (742-814) gave the upper part of the mountain to the Abbey of Saint-Andoche in Saulieu in 775 as compensation for destruction by the Saracens. It remained in their possession until 1660. The Corton vineyard covers around 280 hectares of vines and extends over the three villages of Aloxe-Corton, Pernand-Vergelesses and Ladoix-Serrigny. It is divided into two (three) Grand Cru sites and 14 Premier Cru sites. The white wines are made from Chardonnay, the red wines from Pinot Noir with varying amounts of Pinot Liébault and Pinot Beurot (Pinot Gris).
The Grand Cru vineyard Corton-Charlemagne, named in honour of the Franconian Emperor Charles, is exclusively for white wines. The more than 50 hectares of vineyards lie in a narrow band on the upper part of the Corton mountain and extend from Ladoix-Serrigny in the west of the mountain via Aloxe-Corton to Pernand-Vergelesses. According to legend, white vines were planted here at the instigation of Hildegard (Charlemagne's wife) because she disliked the red wine stains on her husband's beard. The climate here is somewhat cooler, and the much lighter, almost chalk-white soil is particularly different from Corton. The white wines are made from Chardonnay with a little Pinot Blanc. Another Grand Cru site called Charlemagne for white wine is almost identical in area to Corton-Charlemagne, but is hardly used.
The Grand Cru vineyard Corton applies to red wines and white wines; incidentally, it is the only one for red wines in the Côte de Beaune area. It also extends into the Ladoix-Serrigny and Pernand-Vergelesses districts. The red wine is made from Pinot Noir with small amounts of Pinot Gris and Pinot Liébault. However, white wine is also produced from Chardonnay in very small quantities. The vineyard area is over 90 hectares on reddish marl soil on a ferruginous and calcareous plateau. The area is divided into 20 sub-areas, which are allowed to add their name to Corton, but this is not claimed on principle. These are Les Bressandes, Le Charlemagne, Les Chaumes, Les Chaumes et la Voierosse, Les Combes, Le Corton, Les Fiètres, Les Grèves, Les Languettes, Les Maréchaudes, Les Meix, Les Meix Lallemand, Les Paulands, Les Perrières, Les Pougets, Les Renardes, Le Rognet-Corton, Le Clos de Roi, Les Vergennes and La Vigne au Saint.
The Premier Cru sites cover 40 hectares of vineyards. They are called Clos des Maréchaudes, Clos du Chapître (Les Meix), La Coutière, La Maréchaude, La Toppe au Vert, Les Chaillots, Les Fournières, Les Guérets, Les Maréchaudes, Les Moutottes, Les Paulands, Les Petites Lolières, Les Vazolières and Les Vercots. The wines from the Grand Cru and Premier Cru sites account for more than half. The rest are marketed under the village appellation Aloxe-Corton. Well-known producers in the AOC Aloxe-Corton are Arnoux, Bichot, Bonneau du Martray, Bouchard Père et Fils, Chapuis, Coche-Dury, Delarche, Domaine Leroy, Dubreuil-Fontaine, Faiveley, Hospices de Beaune, Jadot, Louis Latour, Prieur, Remoissenet, Tollot-Beaut and Verget.