Les Avaux is a Beaune Premier Cru appellation in Burgundy. Pinot Noir reigns in the 13.8-hectare (34.1-acre) property, producing medium- to full-bodied wines with spicy flavors and good tannic structure.
It is located just to the south of the D970 road which more or less bisects the section of the Côte d'Or slope within the commune. About 100 meters to the north lies the the more-famed Les Teurons.
On most vineyard maps Les Avaux appears to consist of two blocks which are seprated by sections of Clos des Avaux and Les Sizies. Wines from fruit grown in the Clos may also be labelled as Les Avaux - even though one half of the walled site strictly lies within Champs Pimont Premier Cru.
Les Avaux lies in a slightly lower-lying area than other parts of the commune, and is consequently seen as having a slightly lesser quality than sites such as Les Teurons and Le Clos des Mouches. On the other hand, Les Avaux (along with Clos des Avaux) are considered to be the best of the lower Premier Crus.
As Les Avaux sits on a part of the hill that is less steep, it receives less efficient exposure to sunlight than higher on the hill. The soils here are slightly deeper than those higher on the hill, although they are made of the same limestone found throughout Beaune. Clay is covered by a stonier free-draining alluvial soil.
Vines must reach into the clay below to find hydration. This lack of water in the topsoil also allows warmth to be easily absorbed, creating a warm microclimate for the grapes to achieve optimum levels of ripeness.