New appellations in Burgundy: Vézelay and Côte d’Or

Burgundy has a new village appellation. Bourgogne Vézelay has been upgraded to AOP Vézelay. The new village appellation has 70 hectares planted with chardonnay, the only grape permitted. Vézelay is located 50 kilometres south of Chablis and is more famous for its beautiful basilica than its wine.

Burgundy has also a new regional appellation: Bourgogne Côte d’Or. The overall appellation “Bourgogne” now has 14 additional geographical origins that can be added on the label. Some of the more famous ones are Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise, Bourgogne Haute Côte de Beaune, Bourgogne Haute Côte de Nuits. And now, Bourgogne Côte d’Or has joined them. Burgundy has more appellations than any other French wine region, over 100.

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