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Irancy is a village in the north-western corner of the Burgundy, France, just a short distance to the west of Chablis. Its Irancy appellation was created in 1999, specifically for red wines made from Pinot Noir, with a permitted 10% addition of Cesar.
In addition to Irancy itself, the title is also available to wines from the neighboring villages of Cravant and Vincelottes (both of which also produce white, Sauvignon-based wines under the Saint-Bris title).
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Located a latitude of almost 48°N, Irancy is one of France’s most northerly red-wine appellations. Although Champagne, 100 miles to the north, grows a significant quantity of Pinot Noir grapes, these are used in sparkling white wines, whose style depends on a certain level of under-ripeness. Alsace is also a little further north than Irancy, but Alsace is hardly a region famed for its red wines, and has no red-specific appellations.
Irancy’s terroir has much in common with that of nearby Chablis (less than 10 miles / 16km away). With snow in winter and regular spring frosts, this is certainly a cool-climate region. Because of this, the finest vineyards are those located on the south-facing slopes of the low, rolling hills which surround Irancy.
The Irancy vineyards benefit from the presence of the Kimmeridgian soils which are said to make Chablis wines so distinctively minerally. These are composed of limestone and clay with a significant presence of fossilized seashells, offering excellent drainage and reflection of the sun’s rays.
Geographically and stylistically removed from the rest of Burgundy, Irancy’s less prestigious red wines make for an affordable alternative to the increasingly exclusive wines of Burgundy’s more southerly communes, particularly those in the Cote de Nuits.