Coulanges-la-Vineuse is aptly named, given the importance of wine in its history. Coulanges-la-Vineuse and its associated villages (Chartenay, Escolive-Sainte-Camille, Jussy, Migé, and the delightfully-named Mouffy) were granted the right to an appellation of their own within the general appellation Bourgogne Coulanges-la-Vineuse (red, white, rosé) in 1993.
The Coulanges-la-Vineuse wines are mainly reds derived from the Pinot Noir grape. Lighter than the wines of neighbouring Irancy they are very pleasant during their first 3 or 4 years when they are enjoyed « on the fruit » (i.e. young). Some older vintages, however, seem to lead a charmed life. Their colour falls between ruby and crimson. Their aromas are dominated by cherry (there are numerous cherry orchards in the locality) as well as blackcurrant and strawberry. The taste is well-balanced, satisfyingly full in the mouth, of appreciable length, and without excess tannins.
The white (Chardonnay) is a traditional product still grown on the whole of the Coulangeois vineyard. Pale gold in colour, it exhales floral and mineral scents (white flowers). Its freshness has an edge of sprightliness. It runs deliciously through the mouth like water in springtime.
As for the rosé (from Pinot Noir grape) comes a fruity wine with intense aromas.
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