The Bourgogne winegrowing region and its appellations
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Meursault

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Nearly all whites - Chardonnay
Red wines - Pinot Noir

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


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


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

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

  • Blagny
  • Charmes
  • Clos des Perrières
  • Genevrières
  • La Jeunellotte
  • La Pièce sous le Bois
  • Le Porusot
  • Les Bouchères
  • Les Caillerets
  • Les Cras
  • Les Gouttes d'Or
  • Les Plures
  • Les Ravelles
  • Les Santenots Blancs
  • Les Santenots du Milieu
  • Perrières
  • Porusot
  • Sous Blagny
  • Sous le Dos d'Ane

Lieux-dits

  • Au Moulin Judas
  • Au Moulin Landin
  • Au Murger de Monthélie
  • Au Village
  • Clos de la Barre
  • Clos des Mouches
  • En Gargouillot
  • En l'Ormeau
  • En la Barre
  • En Marcausse
  • La Barre Dessus
  • Le Bois de Blagny
  • Le Buisson Certaut
  • Le Cromin
  • Le Limozin
  • Le Meix sous le Château
  • Le Meix Tavaux
  • Le Pré de Manche
  • Le Tesson
  • Les Casse-Têtes
  • Les Chaumes
  • Les Chaumes de Narvaux
  • Les Chevalières
  • Les Clous Dessous
  • Les Clous Dessus
  • Les Corbins
  • Les Criots
  • Les Dressoles
  • Les Durots
  • Les Forges
  • Les Gorges de Narvaux
  • Les Grands Charrons
  • Les Gruyaches
  • Les Luchets
  • Les Magny
  • Les Malpoiriers
  • Les Meix Chavaux
  • Les Millerands
  • Les Narvaux Dessoux
  • Les Narvaux Dessus
  • Les Pellans
  • Les Pelles-Dessous
  • Les Pelles-Dessus
  • Les Perchots
  • Les Petits Charrons
  • Les Peutes Vignes
  • Les Rougeots
  • Les Santenots Dessous
  • Les Terres Blanches
  • Les Tillets
  • Les Vignes Blanches
  • Les Vireuils Dessous
  • Les Vireuils Dessus

Bourgogne appellations

  • Category

    Village appellation

  • Wine-producing region

    VIGNOBLE DE LA CÔTE DE BEAUNE

  • Information

    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.
     

  • Production surface area

    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 

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