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The Coteaux de Tannay vineyard is located in the department of Nièvre and covers about twenty hectares. 56 villages in northeastern Nièvre. The wine region primarily occupies the westerly line of hills, valley slopes with southern exposure where small tributaries run perpendicular to the Yonne River.

Most of the white wines are made from Chardonnay and Melon de Bourgogne. The red wines are mainly made from Pinot noir and, less frequently, Gamay. The rosés also contain Pinot gris.

275 hltotal production 2021
21 ha (52 acres)surface area 2021
7total wine growers 2021
100% FRANCE0% EXPORTsales 2021
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vignes Tannay
Cabane vignes Tannay
Cotaux Tannay
Cabane Tannay


From the 14th century, the essential activity of the region is the cultivation of the vine. The wine produced is then known as Clamecy wine and is shipped by river (on the Yonne) from the port of Clamecy.

In the nineteenth century, more than 3000 hectares are planted and the income from wine represents more than half of what the population earns. From 1875, phylloxera attacked the vineyard. The replanting of American vines will not give the expected results, the heavy losses of World War I also preventing the replanting of the vineyard.

At the end of the 1980s, the vineyard began its renaissance marked by recognition in PGI in 2011.


The soil here is calcareous clay built up on formations from the Lower and Upper Bathonian Age. There are three types of soil:

  • Pebble-rich “small soil”.
  • Ochre coloured earth, rich in clay.
  • Light coloured earth with a delicate structure, referred to locally as “bleached”.


The whites are lively and possess minerality and roundness. The reds develop aromas of red to black fruits and spicy notes, they are supple and well structured. The rosé or gray wines are characterized by their suppleness with fruity and floral aromas.

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