Auxey-Duresses is a valley that juts west in between Volnay and Meursault. Both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are planted here, the former on the slope adjacent to Meursault, the latter on the Volnay side. Historically known for producing lower-priced table wines, modern innovation has upped the quality level here, as the wines resemble those of their prestigious neighbors. Auxey’s microclimate is cooler than its neighbors, and the wines generally have healthy acid levels and old school charm.
The oak regimen is a little more than 20%, but the structure of the wine is able to work with the barrel, and the result is a complex, medium bodied, honest Burgundy that will bring pleasure today, but will drink well over the next 10 years and beyond.