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Ladoix


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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.

History

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.

Grape Varieties

Major Producers

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.

Subregions

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.