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Wines from the Côte Chalonnaise
'Good value, reliable reds and whites' is the way Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine, sums up the wines of the Côte Chalonnaise, south of Beaune. In the third of our series on the wine regions of Burgundy, here are her pointers to look out for.
Main grape varieties:
Pinot Noir, Gamay (red); Chardonnay, Aligoté (white)
Mercurey, also predominantly devoted to Pinot Noir, is the district's most important appellation by far. There are several premiers crus vineyards which are capable of making wines with lovely supple fruit. Faiveley's La Framboisière bottling is a reliable reflection of each vintage. Émile Juillot is one of the district's stars.
Montagny, dedicated to Chardonnay, is a name brought to thousands by négociant Louis Latour's longstanding purchasing arrangement with the Buxy co-operative here, one of the most dedicated and innovative in France. They also make pretty good sparkling wine in the form of Crémant de Bourgogne.
Rully, (easy to confuse with Reuilly near Sancerre) is fairly evenly balanced between growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Domaine Vincent Dureuil-Janthial is the star here. Eric de Suremain of Monthélie also brings some Côte d’Or class to the appellation.
Reproduced with kind permission of Jancis Robinson.
Visit the wineries in the Cote Chalonnaise