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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Meursault, large and prosperous village in the Côte de Beaune district of Burgundy’s côte d’or producing mostly white wines from the Chardonnay grape (see map under burgundy). Although Meursault contains no grand cru vineyards, the quality of white burgundy from Meursault’s best premiers crus is rarely surpassed.

The finest vineyards are Les Perrières, Les Genevrières, and Les Charmes. Between them and the village of Meursault are three more premiers crus, Le Poruzot, Les Bouchères, and Les Gouttes d’Or. Another group by the hamlet of blagny are sold as Meursault-Blagny if white or Blagny premier cru if red, while, at the other end of the village, Les Santenots is sold as Meursault Santenots if white and Volnay Santenots if red, as it usually is. Apart from Les Santenots, and the lean but fine red wines of Blagny, the other red wines of Meursault tend to be grown low on the slope and do not feature among the best of the Côte de Beaune.