The Châtillonnais, the land of choice for Burgundy Crémants !
This vineyard is located in the north of the Côte d'Or in Burgundy-Franche-Comté, it has 250 hectares of vines.
A favorable climate
The Châtillonnais vines benefit from a continental climate. High heat and heavy precipitation.
a unique geology
The wine-growing landscapes of Châtillonnais reflect the biodiversity of a rich and lively natural environment. Suitable for growing vines.
2,000 YEARS OF HISTORY
Great monastic figures have left their mark in the vineyards such as the Cistercians at Clairvaux with St Bernard and many others.
Châtillonnais wines are produced in 22 towns north-west of Dijon :
Over 2,000 years of history ...
According to old books, everything started between the Carolingian period and the 19th century. As the wines of Châtillonnais become famous. Then came several disasters : the war, the phylloxera crisis, economic upheavals,… so the vine gradually disappeared.
From the 1980s, the vineyard experienced a new image thanks to winegrowers passionate about their terroir and their traditional know-how.
Its landscapes take shape through its wild nature, its rivers, its forests and its many valleys, ... an authentic territory is revealed !
The Châtillonnais has been awarded the label "Vignobles and Découvertes", this obliges the inhabitants of the vineyard to respect certain requirements such as :
- openness to cultural, natural and human heritage
- the happiness of transmitting their knowledge, their passions and their customs
- the discovery of the world of wine and vines
- the need to preserve nature (fauna and flora)
- to welcome tourists with kindness
Remember that the Burgundy region is divided into several vineyards :
- Chablis and Auxerrois
- The Côte de Nuits
- The Côte de Beaune
- The Côte chalonnaise
- The Mâconnais
- The Châtillonnais
The Châtillonnais vines flourish on sloping slopes, facing south, south-east and clay-limestone Jurassic soils. Limestone pebbles crumbled from the top of the coast are added to the marls of the slope, beneficial to the cultivation of the vine.
In summer as in autumn the grapes benefit from a beautiful sunshine, this is favorable for their maturation.
The grape varieties
White wines are made from :
It offers a well-balanced white wine, an aromatic bouquet, with floral (acacia, ...), dried fruit (almond, ...), undergrowth (mushroom, ...) and chemical (fresh butter) aromas. , ...).
Aligoté awakens the palate, on the palate it is lively, nervous, presenting aromas of citrus fruits (lemon, ...), dried fruits (hazelnut, ...), yellow and white fruits (white peach, green apple,...).
The red wines are made from :
- Pinot noir
This grape variety makes it possible to offer a wine of a purple color, with aromas of flowers (hawthorn, ...), black fruits (blackcurrant, cherry, ...), over time empyreumatic notes (coffee, cocoa ,. ..) and undergrowth (porcini, ...) develop.
A bright red color with shine, with aromas of ripe red fruits (strawberry, cherry, ...), spices (liquorice, ...) and fermentation (English candy, ...).
In Burgundy, the different plots determine a regional, municipal, premier cru and grand cru appellation depending on their geographical location.
Hierarchy of appellations in Burgundy
In order to better navigate, its 83 appellations have been divided into 4 levels :
- The grands crus appellations
- The premiers crus appellations
- The communales appellations (villages)
- The regionales appellations (sometimes called "generic" or "sub-regional")
In the Châtillonnais, we find these regional appellations :
- Bourgogne Aligoté
- Bourgogne Passe-Tout-Grains
- Bourgogne Mousseux
- Coteaux Bourguignons
- Crémant de Bourgogne
Regional Burgundies can be associated with a village name.
The kingdom of Crémants de Bourgogne
The Châtillonnais specializes in Crémants de Bourgogne (85% of local production), they are known for their good quality / price ratio thanks to the know-how of the winegrowers. During winemaking, two grape varieties are used : Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but some winegrowers also use Gamay and Aligoté.
Classified as a controlled designation of origin (AOC), it is a sparkling sparkling wine of white or rosé color, the visual bubbles are fine, on the nose we feel delicate notes of fruit, in the mouth the crémant is lively, fresh and of good structure. Ideal to accompany an aperitif, a dessert or to honor a festival like that of Châtillonnais called the feast of crémant and tape-cauldrons or the truffles and crémant feast.
Crémant du Châtillonnais is essential for having fun !
The feast of crémant and tap-cauldrons
Every third Saturday of March in Châtillon, a carnival parade takes place in order to celebrate spring while honoring the Crémant de Bourgogne produced in the Châtillonnais.
During this festive event, a parade of floats is presented as well as a multitude of activities without forgetting the tasting of Crémant ! It is an old tradition dating from the 5th century, at the time of the Burgundians. It is said that the inhabitants of Châtillonnais tapped with energy on cauldrons in order to chase away winter and accelerate the arrival of spring !
The truffle and crémant festival, regional treasures
Organized by the Côte-d'Orienne Truffle Association in partnership with the Maison de la Forêt, the Accueil en Châtillonnais Association and the Châtillonnais Tourist Office. It takes place every first Sunday of December, since 2016.
During this event, two treasures from the Châtillonnais region are highlighted : the truffle and the crémant, both prized by gourmets. And for the greediest, a market, tastings and conferences are prepared.