Chalonnaise, Côte

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Chalonnaise, Côte, red and white wine-producing region in the Saône-et-Loire département of burgundy between the côte d’or and Mâconnais. The Côte Chalonnaise takes its name from the town of Chalon-sur-Saône, which had been an important celtic trading centre in Ancient gaul. As well as generic bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise, mostly red from the Pinot Noir grape, there are five village appellations: mercurey, which stands apart in both quality and price, produces mostly Pinot Noir with small quantities of white wine; givry the same; montagny is exclusively a white wine appellation growing the Chardonnay grape; rully offers both red and white wines and is a centre for the sparkling wine industry in a small way; while bouzeron uniquely has its own appellation exclusively for the Aligoté grape.