Lyonnais, Coteaux du

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Lyonnais, Coteaux du, light white, pink, but mainly red wines made chiefly from about 280 ha/692 acres of vines in the hills both north and south west of the city of Lyons, considered part of greater Burgundy by French wine authorities, and drunk mainly by its inhabitants. The red wines, all Gamay, can be every bit as good as nearby beaujolais, although the appellation was granted only in 1984. A small amount of white wine is also made, from Chardonnay and Aligoté. The co-operative at Sain-Bel vinifies three-quarters of production.