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Meursault

The communal appellation named after the town of the same name, with 364 hectares of vineyards, is located in the Burgundy region of Côte d'Or (Côte de Beaune). Small areas in the municipality of Blagny are also included. The town is also known as the "capital of Burgundy white wines". In Meursault, the Cistercians received their first vineyard as a gift from the Duke of Burgundy on Christmas day of their founding year, 1098. In Meursault, the "Paulée de Meursault" is held every year on the third day of the "Trois Glorieuses" (Three Glorious Days), which is based on the tradition of a meal taken together after the grape harvest (see also Hospices de Beaune and Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin).

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Mostly white wines are produced from Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc, which are among the best in Burgundy and are mostly aged in barriques. A winged word in the community word is: "Only those who drink Meursault will never become drunkards". The red wines are made from Pinot Noir with smaller portions of Pinot Liébault and Pinot Gris. There are no classified Grands Crus in this area. The most important of the numerous Premiers Crus with 160 hectares of vineyards are Bouchères, Charmes, Genevrières, Goutte d'Or, Poruzot, Perrières (Grand-Cru worthy), Pièce sous le Bois, Poruzots, Santenots and Sous le Dos d'Ane.

As a special feature, there is an appellation Volnay-Santenot's Premier Cru exclusively for red wines, which was already settled by court in 1924. However, confusingly, these vineyards are not in the neighbouring community of Volnay, but in Meursault. Alternative appellations are Meursault-Blagny Premier Cru for white wines from certain sites around Blagny, Meursault-Côte de Beaune only for red wines and Meursault-Santenots for white wines from Premier Cru sites of certain areas in Volnay-Santenots. Well-known producers are Ampeau, Bichot (Domaine du Pavillon), Bouchard Père et Fils, Boyer-Martenot, Coche-Dury, Joseph Drouhin, Fichet, Grivault, Javillier, Lafon, Javillier, Jobard, Domaine Leroy, Michelot, Morey and Domaine Roulot.

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