Meursault is a first-class Chardonnay from Meursault Commune in Côte de Beaune, Burgundy.
Meursault AOC (Appelation of Origin) dates back to 1937.
Citrus, Apple, Pear, and Peach are typical Meursault flavors.
Notes of White Flowers, Honey, and Flinty Minerals.
Meursault is most often full bodied, with good fruit and medium acidity.
Meursault is very food friendly.
It pairs well with Creamy or Buttery Food.
Roasted Vegetables. Pumpkins.
Mushrooms. Onions. Garlic.
Anything with Creamy or Buttery Sauce.
Pasta in Creamy Sauce. Risotto.
Rich Fish Soup. Fish Cakes. Tuna.
Lobster or Salmon with Drawn Butter.
Chicken. Poultry. Pork. Veal.
Hazelnuts. Cashew. Pecans. Coconut.
Aged, Salty, or Nutty Cheeses.
Cheddar. Comté. Gruyère. Manchego. Parmigiano. Pecorino.
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The Montrachet glass is perfect for full-bodied white wines such as:
The wide bowl steers the wine to the sensitive parts of the tongue, ensuring that the acidity creates a harmonious balance with the sweet aromas of aged wines.
The wide bowl allows the full bouquet of aromas to develop, and minimise the risk for it to be over-concentrated.
Chardonnay was born in France.
Burgundy (English) = Bourgogne (French) is the world's most famous Chardonnay region.
The area was a prehistoric (Jurassic) sea, and the taste of seashells in the soil, you can also find in its wines.
The most famous Chardonnay in the light side is Chablis. Chardonnay from Mâcon and Saint-Véran is floral, mild and round, while Mersault and Montrachet are identified as buttery and full bodied.
In France, you often find only the name of a place (Chablis, Meursault, Montrachet) on the label, not the name of the grape.
You are just supposed to know your geography! And the region’s AOC hierarchy.
7 Regional AOC (e.g. Crémant de Bourgogne).
44 Village AOC (e.g. Chablis, Nuits-Saint-George, Mercurey).
Village Premier Cru AOC 640 Climats ranked as Premier Cru. The name of the village is followed by the name of the Climat (e.g. Beaune 1er Cru "Les Cents", Pommard 1er Cru "Les Rugiens", Meursault 1er Cru "Les Perrières").
33 Grand Cru AOC (e.g. Romanée-Conti, Le Clos de Vougeot).
Meursault is a style of oaked Chardonnay.
The name Meursault means "Mouse's Jump" because, in the past, the plots producing red wine would not have been separated from those producing white by more than a mouse’s jump.
Meursalt wines can be white (Chardonnay = Bourgogne Blanc) or red (Pinot Noir = Bourgogne Rouge) and have 2 classifications: village and 1er Cru. No Grand Cru.
Climats are the ultimate expression of Bourgogne terroir.
A Climat is the name of an elite vineyard and its importance lies in the consistency of the quality.
A Climat benefits of special weather, exposure, orientation, altitude, human expertise (savoir-faire), history, tradition, archeology, geology, oenology, viticulture, toponimy, hydrometry, biodiversity.
Each of the 1200 Climats (684 Premiers Crus) is vinified separately.
A Climat classified as Premier Cru (literally, first growth) has higher status than a Village or a Region and has a unique, recognizable taste.
Two millenia after the first vines were planted, the Climats of the Burgundy were registered as a UNESCO heritage site on July 4, 2015.
A clos is a vineyard enclosed by dry-stone walls.
These walls, built in the Middle Ages, protected the vines from the herds of animals which used to pass freely through the villages.
Some clos are among the most reputed Climats such as Clos de Vougeot, Clos de Bèze, and Clos des Lambrays.
A Lieu-dit is a topographical or historical name created by the Land Registry of France.
Lieu-dit and Climat are two terms often confused even in Burgundy.
The main difference is that a Climat is a vineyard while a Lieu-dit is a geographical area (with or without vines).
You can find a few "Lieux-dits" within one "Climat" and a "Climat" covering only a part of a "Lieu-dit".
Burgundy Wine Hierarchy Pyramid from top to bottom.
Beaune is the largest appellation (by area) in the Côte d'Or and has 42 plots classified as Premiers Crus. The bottle must be marked "Appellation 1er cru contrôlée" with the name of the town (eg. "Appellation Beaune 1er Cru").
Chardonnay is a village in South Burgundy, and Chardonnay is the most popular white wine grape in the world.
Chardonnay is popular for 3 important reasons:
Chardonnay wines have no sharp edges and no high acid content. The grape produces large crops and it is not picky about soil and climate. The fact that the wines are easy to sell, also contributes to the grape's popularity among the wine producers.
Cool Climate = High Acidity
Warm Climate = Medium Acidity
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