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The communal appellation named after the village of the same name, with 226 hectares of vineyards, is located in the Côte de Beaune area on the Burgundy Côte d'Or between the communes of Pommard and Meursault. Almost exclusively red wines are produced from Pinot Noir with shares of Pinot Gris and Pinot Liébault, which are considered to be among the best in Burgundy. The Cistercians already owned vineyards here in the 14th century and were very popular with the Dukes of Burgundy, who had a castle here at that time. Claude Arnoux (1695-1770) introduces his famous book on Burgundy wines with a Latin hymn of praise to the wines of Volnay, in which he describes them as "partridge-coloured" and the best wines of the Côte de Beaune. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the wine from this commune was one of the most popular of the Bourbons and also of the entire aristocracy. There are no Grands Crus. The most important of the more than 30 Premiers Crus with 114 hectares of vineyards are Bousse d'Or, Caillerets, Champans, Chênes, Ducs, En l'Ormeau, Fremiets, Santenots, Taille Pieds and Pousse d'Or. The red wines from parts of some Premier Cru sites (for example Santenots) are located in Meursault, but are confusingly produced with the AC designation Volnay-Santenots Well known producers are Marquise d'Angerville, Bichot (Domaine du Pavillon), Jean Boillot, Domaine Guyon, Jadot, Domaine Lafarge, Domaine des Comtes Lafon, Domaine Rossignol.

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