In addition to owning a part of the Corton hill, Ladoix produces a large amount of its own excellent village and Premier Cru wine. The village that Ladoix, which is a village-level AOC, takes its name from, is slightly less than 10 square miles, and is adjacent to Aloxe-Corton. In fact, six of the Ladoix-Serrigny villages' Premier Cru vineyards are labeled under the Aloxe-Corton Premier Cru AOC. Including Premier Cru, the total Ladoix area adds up to about 230 acres of vineyards.
The climate is very similar to Aloxe-Corton, and as a result the wines produced are generally of a similar style. The reds are usually more simple-minded and approachable than Aloxe-Corton. White wine is better there even than the red, although due to its low production it is more rarely seen.
Like most of the "second wave" of Côte de Beaune AOCs, Ladoix was officially recognized in 1970. Since then, Ladoix has evolved and a number of local producers have begun to make wine of good character. Neither the reds nor whites are generally very pricey.
Climate and Viticulture
The flat land that surrounds the Corton hill lacks the concentration of the sloped vineyards, making wine of much less intensity and complexity. But the weather and climate conditions are identical, yielding wines that make up for their simplicity with ripe fruit and a pleasant medium body. And this is what makes Ladoix one of the best buys for red and white Burgundy at a reasonable price.
- Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir from Ladoix is of course somewhat similar to the red-fruit but somewhat exotically scented Corton in style. Most Pinot, though, has very little structure or concentration to back up the flavors, and as a result the wines are generally made for early drinking. They can be enjoyable and almost always are excellently valued.
- Chardonnay: Chardonnay makes Corton-Charlemagne-styled wine but without the sophistication that the hilly vineyards' fruit flavors can often take on. The same minerality underlies more fruit-forward and outwardly sweet, rather than intense, flavors. This means less aging, but for immediate drinking these inexpensive replications of Corton-Charlemagne offer a way to taste the famous Corton-Charlemagne's flavors for less.
Three major producers exist in Ladoix besides the usual négociants, most of them producing both red and white styles. Read more about their wines in the subregions section below.
- Domaine Chevalier
- Domaine Edmond Cornu
In addition to the three Corton hill Grands Crus, the Ladoix-Serrigny village lays claim to 17 Premiers Crus as well as several village-level lieux-dits used by producers. One of these is the shared, obscure vineyard Les Chaillots.
No less than six of Ladoix-Serrigny's Premiers Crus were "stolen" by Aloxe-Corton (see the Aloxe-Corton page), meaning that they are now labeled as Aloxe rather than Ladoix. The reasons for this are mysterious, but this kind of unnecessarily confusing switch is typical for Burgundy. Some of Ladoix's 11 Premiers Crus have further restrictions on the wine allowed to be labeled there. These rules are mentioned in the below list along with any notable wines that come from the Premier Cru in question.
- Basses Mourottes
- Bois Roussot: This vineyard is restricted to Pinot Noir's red wine.
- Les Buis: Only red wine from Pinot Noir is allowed here.
- La Corvée: This one is fairly commonly seen, growing Pinot Noir as well as Chardonnay. Both Chevalier and Edmond Cornu produce reputable Pinot Noir-based La Corvée.
- Le Clou d'Orge
- Les Grêchons: This vineyard's output is restricted to Chardonnay-based white. It is a less sophisticated but sometimes equally delicious Corton-Charlemagne styled Chardonnay. Wine from here, if the right producer is selected (Chevalier and Mallard come to mind), can be some of the best-valued white Burgundy. Nonetheless, it is obscure and difficult to find outside France.
- Hautes Mourottes
- En Naget: White wine from Chardonnay only.
- Les Joyeuses: Pinot Noir red only.
- La Micaude
- Le Rognet et Corton: White wine from Chardonnay only.