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).
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