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The view between two rows of a lush, green vineyard in Meursault, Burgundy, France.
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Meursault

Nowhere in the Côte de Beaune does the Chardonnay grape do better than it does in the 'golden triangle' of Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet. Meursault winemakers are white specialists, making rich and luxurious wines from the Chardonnay grape. There are appreciable differences in and among the wines of the different Meursault climats, and indeed among the producers too. This translates into two distinct types of Meursault wine—‘traditional’ and more ‘contemporary’ in style. The best soils are found at heights of 260-270 meters with exposures along an arc between east and south. Power and balance between alcohol and acidity give many Meursault wines their ‘noble’ character. Produced only in the commune of Meursault, appellation Meursault includes 19 Premiers Crus.

White Wines

The ‘traditional’ style of Meursault wine is greeny-gold in color, almost yellow, and going to bronze as it ages. Limpid and fat, its bouquet in youth is grapey toasted oak, and big buttery volume. Classic Meursault is toast, butter and honey. The other style, what might be called 'modern' plays more on minerality and acidity. The robe is greeny-gold and the wine is notably leaner. Meursault is perhaps the greatest white Burgundy for aging, and this can be said of either style. has a natural affinity with noble fish or meat where it can match without overpowering. It goes well with roast veal and poultry, and creamy sauces work well here. Still better are grilled lobster, shrimp and famously, crawfish in sauce. Foie gras is often served with the traditional style Meursault, as are rich cheeses like Roquefort. The modern style Meursault is more apt to less rich and extravagant flavors.

Red Wines

Although white wine dominates here, some Pinot Noir is grown. Interestingly, local legend has it that Meursault takes its name—meaning “mouse’s jump”—from the small distance between plots planted with red and those planted with white grapes. Foie gras is often served with the traditional style Meursault, as are rich cheeses like Roquefort. There are 11 hectares of land dedicated to growing Pinot Noir, whereas Chardonnay grows over around 380 hectares.

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