Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Auxey-Duresses, a village in Burgundy producing medium-priced red and white wines not dissimilar to neighbouring volnay and meursault respectively, although more austere in style. The vineyards, which include those of the hamlets of Petit Auxey and Melin, are located on either side of a valley subject to cooler winds than the main Côte de beaune. pinot noir vineyards, including such premiers crus as Les Duresses and Le Climat de Val, are grown on the south east slope of the Montagne du Bourdon. White wines, made from chardonnay, account for just above a quarter of the production, covering the slopes adjacent to Meursault. Some vines, atypically for Burgundy, are trained high.