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Caves de Bailly


The Caves de Bailly co-operative, near the village of Irancy close to Auxerre, was established in 1972. The co-operative specialises in Crémant de Bourgogne, for which it has earnt a strong reputation both domestically and abroad. The Caves de Bailly is part of the Blason de Bourgogne group, which has been instrumental in leading the Burgundian co-operative movement towards modern, high quality winemaking techniques.

About the winery

The winery was established in 1975 on the site of old underground limestone quarries.The quarries have been mined since the 12th century and many of the numerous castles and churches in the region are built from this limestone. Since 1972 these quarries have been used as the cellars for Bailly. The cellars enjoy ideal wine maturing conditions, with a constant temperature of 12° , and currently hold five million bottles in their maze of tunnels. As well as storage, the caves are also used for commercial purposes, with a delightful tasting room and shop, as well as a 500 capacity banqueting hall for events.

About the vineryards

The last ten years have seen the vineyards almost double in size, growing all of the permitted appellation grape varieties including Chardonnay, Aligoté, Pinot Noir and Gamay. These are all trained on the single guyot trellising system and are monitored throughout the year to ensure consistent quality and perfect phenolic ripeness before being called in to the winery to crush.