The commune is a level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are roughly equivalent to townships or incorporated municipalities in the United States or Gemeinden in Germany. French communes have no exact equivalent in the United Kingdom, but are closest to parishes, towns or cities.
A French commune may be a city of two million inhabitants like Paris, a town of ten thousand people, or just a ten-person hamlet. Except for the municipal arrondissements of its largest cities, the communes are the lowest level of administrative division in France.
Coulanges-la-Vineuse is a commune in the Yonnedepartment in Burgundy in north-central France. Best known for its wines, Coulanges produces extremely pleasing Red and Rosé wines, similar in style to those of nearby Irancy, although lacking something of the depth and structure. Most of the vines are Pinot Noir, although a few Gamay and Cesar vines remain. Unlike Irancy it is yet to win its own Village Appellation and the wines are labelled under the regional appellation Bourgogne Coulanges-la-Vineuse.