Bourgogne and its appellations

Meursault

  • Category

    Village appellation

  • Wine-producing region

    VIGNOBLE DE LA CÔTE DE BEAUNE

  • Coulour


    Nearly all whites - Chardonnay
    Red wines - Pinot Noir

  • Area under production*:
    1 hectare (ha) = 10,000 m2 = 24 ouvrées.
    Whites: 381.04 ha (including  107.37 ha Premier Cru).
    Reds: 10.66 ha (including 1.27 ha Premier Cru).

    * in 2018 

  • Appellation Village of the Côte de Beaune region (Côte-d’Or).
    This appellation includes 19 Premiers Crus Climats.
    Producing commune: Meursault.
    On the label, the appellation MEURSAULT and MEURSAULT PREMIER CRU may be followed by the name of their Climat of origin.
     

Wine Characteristics - Meursault

Wine
Characteristics


There are observable but minor differences between the wines of the different Climats (named plots). In most cases, Meursault is greeny-gold in colour or canary yellow, leaning towards bronze as it ages. Limpid and brilliant, it sometimes exhibits silvery highlights. Its bouquet has strong aromas of ripe grapes. The young wine is redolent of toasted almonds and hazelnuts in a floral (mayflower, elder, bracken, lime, verbena) and mineral (flint) setting. Butter, honey, and citrus fruits are also present. On the palate it is rich and fat with a cheerful and appealing taste of hazelnut. Unctuousness and freshness are in silky balance. Long and structured, it needs time to mature - this is a great white wine for laying down.

Wine Steward’s Tip - Meursault

Wine
Steward’s Tip


Its aromatic power and exceptional balance between fat and acidity make it an aristocrat among burgundies. Unsurprisingly, it has a natural affinity with noble and fine-textured fish or meat, which it can match without overpowering. It performs a similar feat with joints of veal or poultry in white sauce, which are rendered sublime by the wine’s unctuous texture and long, distinguished acidity. Still better are grilled lobster, crawfish, or king prawns in sauce - dishes whose aromatic intensity and crisp texture match the lively and supple balance of the wine. Even blue cheeses and foie gras take to it immediately.
Serving temperature: 12 to 14°C.
 

Situation - Meursault

Situation


The hard Comblanchian limestone which disappears deep underground around Nuits-Saint-Georges reappears here where, as one moves southward, red wines give way to whites. Nowhere in the Côte de Beaune does the
Chardonnay grape do better than it does here. Along the village streets are a succession of little houses belonging to the vineyard workers, mixed with more imposing dwellings. The stone-work on the 53 metre-high church tower looks like it could be the work of fairies. The excellent soils were planted with vines by the monks of Cîteaux as early as 1098. A small amount of red wine is produced here, though white definitely dominates. Meursault’s appellation of origin status dates from 1937.
 

Terroirs - Meursault

Terroirs

The best soils are found at heights of 260 metres with exposures along an arc between East and South. They consist of Jurassic marls and marly limestones.
There are some patches of magnesian limestone. The ancient callovien limestone and argovien marls shave the crus.

Meursault, as seen by Dominique Lafon 


 

Rendez-Vous avec les Vins de Bourgogne : the Meursault appellation as seen by Marion Javillier

Rendez-Vous avec les Vins de Bourgogne : the Meursault appellation as seen by S. Follin-Arbelet

The Meursault appellation investigated through its geology and geography

List of "Climats et Lieux-dits"
for this appellation

"Climats" classified as 1er Cru

BlagnyCharmesClos des PerrièresGenevrièresLa JeunellotteLa Pièce sous le BoisLe PorusotLes BouchèresLes CailleretsLes CrasLes Gouttes d'OrLes PluresLes RavellesLes Santenots BlancsLes Santenots du MilieuLes Vignes BlanchesPerrièresPorusotSous BlagnySous le Dos d'Ane

Lieux-dits

Au Moulin JudasAu Moulin LandinAu Murger de MonthélieAu VillageClos de la BarreClos des MouchesEn GargouillotEn l'OrmeauEn la BarreEn MarcausseLa Barre DessusLe Bois de BlagnyLe Buisson CertautLe CrominLe LimozinLe Meix sous le ChâteauLe Meix TavauxLe Pré de MancheLe TessonLes Casse-TêtesLes ChaumesLes Chaumes de NarvauxLes ChevalièresLes Clous DessousLes Clous DessusLes CorbinsLes CriotsLes DressolesLes DurotsLes ForgesLes Gorges de NarvauxLes Grands CharronsLes GruyachesLes LuchetsLes MagnyLes MalpoiriersLes Meix ChavauxLes MillerandsLes Narvaux DessouxLes Narvaux DessusLes PellansLes Pelles-DessousLes Pelles-DessusLes PerchotsLes Petits CharronsLes Peutes VignesLes RougeotsLes Santenots DessousLes Terres BlanchesLes TilletsLes Vireuils DessousLes Vireuils Dessus
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