IN A FEW NUMBERS

WHAT IS AOC BUGEY?

460

hectares

3

colours of wine

1

speciality: bubbles!

3

individual terroirs

80

winemakers

55

growers

2

specifications charters

WHAT’S AN AOC?

It designates a product that conforms to strict rules concerning its fabrication that are laid down in a specifications charter and subject to regular inspection.
It must be produced within a defined geographical area and is based on recognized skills and a specific terroir.

70

wine producing estates open to the public
for visits and tasting

4,000,000

bottles sold

.0.

wine cooperatives

60 %

sparkling wines

34 %

certified High Environmental Value (HVE)

30 %

organic

24,000

hl produced in average per year

8

wines in the Bugey range

70

wine producing estates open to the public
for visits and tasting

.0.

wine cooperatives

60 %

sparkling wines

4,000,000

bottles sold

24,000

hl produced in average per year

34 %

certified High Environmental Value (HVE)

30 %

organic

8

wines in the Bugey range

HOW MANY AOCS ARE THERE IN BUGEY?

There are 2 possible appellations:

AOC Bugey is reserved for still wines in red, white and rosé, and sparkling white and rosé. There are also four complementary geographical denominations which apply to certain AOC Bugey wines: AOC Bugey Manicle (white and red), AOC Bugey Montagnieu (red), AOC Bugey sparkling Cerdon, and AOC Bugey sparkling Montagnieu.

AOC Roussette du Bugey is reserved for still white wines made from Altesse. It can be completed by one of two complementary geographical denominations: AOC Roussette du Bugey Montagnieu or AOC Roussette du Bugey Virieu-le-Grand.

48% rosé

14% red

38% white

WINES IN THREE COLOURS

The Bugey appellation covers all red, white and rosé wines produced in this region. There are:

- Two white wines: Bugey Blanc made from Chardonnay (the main grape variety at a minimum of 50%) and secondary varieties such as Aligoté, Altesse, Jacquère, Pinot Gris and Mondeuse Blanche. Roussette du Bugey is made exclusively from the Altesse grape.
- Three red wines made as single varietals (there is no blending of varieties in the red wines): Bugey Gamay, Bugey Pinot Noir and Bugey Mondeuse.
- Rosés made from Gamay and/or Pinot Noir (the two main grape varieties which together or separately must represent a minimum of 50 %) plus Mondeuse, Pinot Gris and Poulsard (as secondary varieties).

60% sparkling

40% still

SINGULARLY SPARKLING

More than 6 out of 10 bottles produced in Bugey are sparkling wines, made using either the traditional method or the ancestral method.

- In the traditional method the bubbles are formed by fermentation in the bottle over a minimum of 9 months for the Bugey Brut and 12 months for the Bugey Montagnieu Brut, with riddling and disgorgement for both the white sparkling wines (mainly produced from Chardonnay, Jacquère and Molette) and the rosés (mainly produced from Gamay and Pinot Noir).
- In the ancestral method the wine is first partly fermented at low temperatures in vats. It is then bottled and continues its fermentation for a minimum of 2 months in the bottle.

3 TERROIRS, 3 GEOGRAPHICAL DENOMINATIONS

CERDON
The landscapes of this vine growing region that runs along the Cerdon valley, mid-way between Belley and Bourg-en-Bresse, are dramatically rugged. Here the vines are perched on steep inclines at between 300 and 550 metres altitude, on limestone soils of Jurassic origin. They produce a highly aromatic demi-sec sparkling rosé that is low in alcohol (at only 7 or 8°). The grapes authorised for making Bugey Cerdon are Gamay and Poulsard which, since 2004, have been classified as aromatic varieties. The specificity of this wine is how it is made, using the ancestral method which has been perfected over the years by the local winemakers. There are 40 producers of Bugey Cerdon covering 140 hectares, whose production represents half of the entire volume of AOC Bugey.

MANICLE
Bugey Manicle is produced in the area known as Manicle, around the villages of Cheignieu-la-Balme and Pugieu. It is a south-facing terrace of scree and limestone grave sitting under a cliff at 300 metres altitude. Just like the Clos Machuraz, Manicle once belonged to the Cistercian monks of Saint Sulpice. Brillat-Savarin, the famous gourmet who was born in Belley, also owned a handful of vines here. Manicle produces still wines, made from Chardonnay for the white Bugey Manicle and Pinot Noir for the red Bugey Manicle. Today there are three producers making wine at Manicle from around 10 hectares of vines.

MONTAGNIEU
The magnificent hillside of Montagnieu dominates the Rhone, some 20 km west of Belley, and spans 3 villages, Briord, Montagnieu and Seillonnaz. The Chartreuse of Portes used to have vines planted here.The land is incredibly steep, and the work is very arduous. The greater part of the production is sparkling wine, Bugey Montagnieu Brut, made by the traditional method. But two other wines, produced in very small quantities, are also worthy of attention: Roussette du Bugey Montagnieu made from Altesse and Bugey Montagnieu made from Mondeuse. There are 10 or so producers and the vines cover around 45 hectares.

2 SPECIFICATIONS CHARTERS

AOC Bugey specifications

AOC Roussette du Bugey specifications

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